Refuse and Recycling Services Survey Results

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The results represent the survey submissions from 310 Litchfield Park residents.

1. How long have you lived in Litchfield Park?

61% of respondents lived in Litchfield Park more than 10 years
20% have lived in Litchfield Park 5-10 years
19% have lived in Litchfield Park less than 5 years

2. How satisfied are you with the current garbage and recycling services provided?

41% of respondents are satisfied with current service
36% are very satisfied
16% are slightly dissatisfied
7% are very dissatisfied

3. Do you have in-ground garbage containers?

59% of respondents have in-ground garbage containers
41% do not


3a. If you have in ground containers which containers do you utilize?

70% of respondents use in-ground containers
20% use self-purchased containers
10% place plastic bags at the curb

3b. If you are using your in-ground containers, how often do you exceed the capacity of the container and need to place bags of garbage on the ground?

58% of the respondents seldom exceed the capacity of the in-ground containers
26% report they never exceed the capacity of the containers
10% exceed the capacity weekly and use plastic bags on their cans
6% exceed the capacity twice weekly and use plastic bags on their cans


4. How often do you place your garbage out for collection?

92% of respondents place garbage out for collection twice weekly
8% place garbage out once weekly

5. Are your garbage bins full when you place them out for collection?

52% of the respondents report their bins are full when they place them out for collection
48% report they are not full


6. How often do you use bulk pickup services (for large items that won't fit into your garbage bin, i.e. furniture, appliances, etc)

92% of respondents use bulk pickup services a few times each year
4% have never used bulk services
3% use bulk services monthly
1% use bulk services weekly

7. If you chose to participate in the City's recycling program, how often do you place your recycling bin out for collection?

73% of the respondents place bins out weekly
21% report they are not using their bins at all
4% use their bins occasionally
2% use them every other week


8. Would you support the use of 90-gallon roll-out carts for garbage collection once per week?

53% of the respondents would not support the use of 90-gallon rollout carts for garbage collection once each week
24% would support their use
23% would only support their use if they were less expensive

9. Would you support the use of 90-gallon roll-out carts for recycling collection once per week?

48% of respondents would not support the use of 90-gallon rollout carts for recycling collection once each week
32% would support their use
20% would support their use if they were less expensive


10. If you do not recycle, what is the primary reason why you don't recycle? Only respond if you do not recycle.

52% of the respondents think they do not have very many recyclable items in their garbage
13% do not have recycling in their HOA

11. What percentage of waste do you believe can be diverted from our local landfill by recycling?

40% of respondents don't know how much waste can be diverted from the landfill by recycling
25% think that recycling can divert 26%-50%
18% think that recycling can divert 51%-75%
2% think that recycling can divert 76%-100%

*Note: The EPA reports that 75% of all garbage thrown out could be recycled (includes composting)
Litchfield Park is currently recycling about 11%
EPA's goal for 2008 is 35%


12. Do you think recycling is a worthwhile program for the City of Litchfield Park?

75% of respondents think that recycling is a worthwhile program
15% don't know
10% do not think it is worthwhile

13. In an average month during the grass cutting seasons, about how many bags of yard waste (grass clippings, prunings, etc. would you say you produce?

40% of respondents report that they generate no yard waste during the grass cutting season, either because they have no grass or their landscaping service hauls it away
37% generate 0-5 bags per month
15% generate more than 5 bags per month
8% don't know


14. If there was a curbside collection for yard waste (grass clippings, prunings, etc), and it cost a small fee, how likely would you be to use it?

46% of repsondents would not use a curbside collection for yard waste if it cost a small fee
26% would not be very likely to use it
14% would be likely to use it
7% would be very likely to use it
7% don't know

15. What are the best ways to provide information to you about cleanups, garbage and recycling services?

31% prefer the CityLine newsletter
15% prefer articles in the West Valley View
11% prefer flyers at their door
6% prefer the City's website
2% prefer Channel 11