WHAT IT IS: The city of Newton's 2013 budget for the sanitation division of the department of public works. The budget is about even with the 2011 and 2012 budgets. Anticipated solid waste revenue for 2013 is $1.69 million.
DEPARTMENT STATS: The sanitation department provides municipal solid waste and recycling services to Newton residents. The service features once-a-week garbage collection and curbside recycling for about 7,000 households. The city introduced single-stream recycling in 2012 and also operates a free bulky item pickup service. The division collected an estimated 4,750 tons of municipal solid waste in 2012, along with 1,650 tons of recyclable material. Residents made an estimated 4,800 bulky item pickup orders.
BUDGET BREAKOUT: Some of the line items in the department's 2013 budget are:?- Personal services: $1.05 million (the department has the equivalent of 10 full-time staff members, down from 12 in 2012; also includes additional administrative costs city-wide)?- Contractual services: $389,475?- Commodities and supplies: $16,985?- Vehicle operating: $230,000?- Transfers: $203,169
2013 CHANGES: The department eliminated two full-time positions in the second quarter of 2012 as a result of automated collection on one of the recycling routes. This was a step in the phased approach to full automation of the system.
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