Roeland Park is poised to take a step toward mandating some regulation of dumpster bags – the disposable bags that are generally used to collect construction debris. The bags are often used instead of a dumpster. The restrictions, though, are likely to be limited to the time the bags can spend on the driveway.
Mayor Joel Marquardt has been the most critical of the bags and proposed regulations that would mandate the bags be covered while they are in use on a resident’s property. “I think they look crummy,” Marquardt said during a council workshop this week. “I don’t know why we don’t outlaw them.”
Several city councilors, though, opposed the move to require that the bags be covered. “I see a problem making them cover it,” said Councilor Michael Rhoades. He suggested the cover would end up being thrown away with the bag.
Building official Mike Flickinger said his research showed that it can be cheaper to rent a dumpster than to used the bags. The resident purchases the bag and then pays a separate fee to have it hauled away. The attraction of the bags, he indicated, is the convenience of starting a project at any time with lining up a dumpster rental. The bags and the debris end up in the landfill, Flickinger said, so their use does not promote sustainability.
A concern with the bags has been that the trash is often visible while they are being used and stored on a driveway.
The council is likely to approve a seven-day time limit on use of the bags at a future meeting, but reject the proposal that the bags be covered. Flickinger said most cities regulate the bags as trash or dumpsters. Roeland Park will be one of the first to address them specifically. He said about a half-dozen of the bags are in use around Roeland Park presently.