EIC volunteers believe incorporation is the right choice for Edgemont, and these discussions are the results of our research and analysis. We encourage you to read our analyses of the issues, conduct your own research, contribute to the conversation, and make your own decision. See links below for Terms of Use. 

SANITATION

A number of Westchester municipalities obtain sanitation services through competitive contract bidding to private haulers. 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. 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 receive 2x/week garbage pickup and each recycling every other week. Rear-yard service requires an additional fee.

By comparison, the Village of Rye Brook, with about 3,300 households, puts out a Request For Proposals (RFP) to private sanitation companies every 3 years. Rye Brook's budgeted cost for the 2018-19 fiscal year--including disposal fees--is $925,000, resulting in a per-household charge of $280. The Rye Brook contract includes 2x/week garbage pickup, each form of recycling every week, leaf collection, and rear-yard service at no extra charge.

Edgemont has approximately 2,800 households requiring sanitation services, 500 (15%) fewer than Rye Brook. For purposes of financial forecasting, we have conservatively assumed that a sanitation contract would cost the new village $900,000 - $1,000,000.

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 by taking advantage of market competition. The savings would then flow to the Village budget and could be made available to improve Edgemont’s quality of life.

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