Trash woes continue to pile up for NEJC cities as refuse sits by the curb for days

Recycling sat at the curb three days after scheduled pickup this morning.
Recycling sat at the curb three days after scheduled pickup this morning.

While Deffenbaugh Industries was making its apologies about its trash and recycling collection failures to the Mission City County this week, Town & Country (now WCA) was dealing with its own difficulties.

The woes of getting trash, recycling and yard waste collected in northeast Johnson County continue to pile up for both companies and residents. Roeland Park issued an update to residents Thursday saying that WCA was still working on waste pickups from Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday recycling pickups also are delayed. Refuse was still not picked up on Friday.

Roeland Park, Westwood and Fairway have a contract with WCA that was jointly bid through the Mid-America Regional Council. Representatives of the cities met with WCA this week to talk about the collection problems that have continued for months. Both companies have cited a shortage of drivers for their problems.

In the Countryside East neighborhood of Prairie Village, which opts out of the city contract with Deffenbaugh and uses WCA, recycling and yard waste from Tuesday were still at the curb today. WCA had just promised a increased communication with neighborhood residents, but emails to the new service address and phone calls went unanswered. Prairie Village is in the process of taking new bids for city-wide collection.

A survey by Mission shows that Mission pays $163.08 annually per resident for trash, recycling, and yard waste collection to Deffenbaugh while Prairie Village residents pay $174 annually. Mission subsidizes the cost of collection by paying 14 percent of the cost with the rest collected from the resident on property tax. None of the other cities in NEJC subsidize service, according to the survey. By comparison Fairway pays $145.44 per year to WCA. Roeland Park adds leaf collection to the services and charges residents $175.47 for the bundled services.