Trash & Recycling Collection Efficiency Study

The City of Springfield is studying the efficiency of trash and recycling collection services within the city limits. The Department of Environmental Services has selected Burns and McDonnell as a consultant firm to conduct the study and help develop recommendations for improvements.

Trash collection in Springfield is currently performed by 12 - 15 private trash hauling companies under an open-market system. The City does not provide trash collection services.

Following interest from the Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) as well as direction from City Council to investigate trash collection issues such as noise, safety, congestion and wear-and-tear on streets, City staff analyzed the current collection system and compared it to other programs in benchmark cities throughout the country.

To gain assistance in studying the current system on a more detailed level and to gain input from a larger group of stakeholders, the City issued a Request For Qualifications (RFQ) in April 2016 for a consultant with experience in municipal solid waste collections systems. City staff received responses to the RFQ in May and the final selection process has resulted in an agreement with Burns and McDonnell.

Burns and McDonnell will work as an extension of City staff to provide professional engineering and consulting services in the area of solid waste management to identify potential options for improving the efficiency and long-term viability of trash collection services within the City’s Integrated Solid Waste Management System (SWMS).

Trash & Recycling Collection Survey

Springfield residents are encouraged to share their preferences and concerns regarding trash and recycling collection through the survey below. Information gathered from this survey will be compiled and included in the overall study findings to be presented to City Council in early 2017.

Surveys were gathered until 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13. 


Goals of the Study:


Burns and McDonnell will evaluate the options to help the City better understand how best to accomplish the following objectives:

• More efficient trash and recycling collection – Organize collection services to improve efficiencies to reduce vehicular traffic.

• Enhanced community programs and services – Support neighborhood clean-ups, improved recycling programs, enhanced education, and better access to services throughout community. 

• Consistent services and rates – Provide uniform services and rates throughout the community. Expand services such as curbside recycling, bulky item pickup, and yard waste collection. 

• Community benefits – Reduce noise, traffic flow and wear-and-tear on infrastructure. Create safer and cleaner streets and neighborhoods. 

• Environmental benefits – Reduce fuel consumption and vehicle emissions. Lower demand for natural resources and landfill space through increased diversion rates. 

• Protect existing haulers – Recognize the existing service providers operating in the City and seek their input and protect their interests where possible. 

• Ensure stability for current SWMS programming – Provide consistent funding to continue existing services and programs that benefit the community.