There are some changes to the trash system that can lead to lower costs. Examples include:
- If there are many haulers serving the same streets, costs can generally be reduced if fewer trucks are serving the same area, and/or if haulers serve all the homes in particular districts or neighborhoods, allowing routes to be efficient, and providing sufficient customers to reach “economies of scale” and efficient utilization of equipment. Districting, city contracts, or home owners associations are examples of these efficiencies.
- Moving to provide recycling for all customers will reduce the cost of recycling compared to the fees when only a few customers select recycling (again, economies of scale). Thus, universal recycling also reduces the cost of recycling to those wishing for curbside service.