A number of Westchester municipalities, including Rye Brook and Pelham, obtain sanitation services through private contracts. Based on our research, through such a contract, the Village of Edgemont could obtain a higher level of sanitation service compared to the status quo at a materially lower cost.
Greenburgh’s sanitation budget is approximately $6.4 million, including estimated employee benefits, up 11% from two years ago. There are approximately 17,300 households in the unincorporated area of the Town. Therefore, the sanitation cost per unincorporated household is about $370. For that charge, unincorporated residents get 2x/week garbage pickup and each recycling every other week.
By comparison, the Village of Rye Brook, which has about 3,700 households, receives sanitation services from a private hauling company. The total cost is $782,000 (down 14% from two years ago) resulting in a per-household charge of $210. The Rye Brook contract includes 2x/week garbage pickup, each recycling every week, and leaf collection.
The EIC believes that incorporation offers an exciting opportunity for Edgemont residents to enjoy a higher level of sanitation services in a more cost-effective manner. The savings would then flow to the Village budget and could be made available to improve Edgemont’s quality of life.