95 Gal. Trash Bins over Black Garbage Bags? West U has spoken, kind of …

June 18, 2012

The City of West U recently asked for help on getting resident input about its solid waste and recycling services, contracting with the Hobby Center for Public Policy at the University of Houston to conduct a telephone survey of 400 residents.

Those surveyed replied they strongly approved of the quality of West U trash pick-up, with; 94 percent saying they were either “satisfied” or “very satisfied.”

For “recycling service,” 90 percent said they were “satisfied” or “very satisfied.”

The survey also asked questions about potential changes.

One question was about a “cart-based program for both trash and recycling” vs. the current program of garbage bags and recycling bins. A plurality that responded to the survey supported a change:  43 percent-36 percent. The other 22 percent either had no opinion or don’t care.

Another result of the survey – when asked if they were aware that the city had a recycling center, 91 percent said they knew the city has a recycling center, but 54 percent said they rarely if ever use it. Fifteen percent said they maybe use it once a month.

City Manager Michael Ross told InstantNewsWestU.com that the information from the survey is “raw data” and no conclusions have been made at this time. City staff is expected to review the data over the next month and then it will be discussed with the Solid Waste and Recycling Board and the West U City Council.

Conducting a resident survey about possible changes to the current solid waste program is one of city council’s goals. The city spent about $10,000 on the survey.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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