Irving City Ordinance Chapter 33, Section 15, requires that all commercial water meter accounts pay a minimum refuse charge per month. Irving City Ordinance Chapter 33, Section 16 stipulates this charge is billed to each account “even if the city service that is available is not used.” While this charge primarily funds the collection and disposal operation, it also funds additional services which benefit the commercial customer. The following are some of the reasons this charge is assessed:
a) Solid Waste Services provides for twice per week collection of up to 5 refuse bags per day, twice per week. For an additional cost, collection of up to 20 bags per collection day, and a collection frequency of up to 5 days per week is available.
b) Refuse collection crews drive and collect refuse from virtually every street in the city. The crews collect all refuse which is placed on the curb. There is currently no mechanism in place to distinguish who pays a refuse charge and who does not, therefore all customers are billed.
c) In order to provide curbside collection service, a minimum staffing and equipment inventory is required. Revenue generated by the sanitation refuse charge is necessary to fund this operation.
d) Commercial customers are entitled to brush collection service on a 10 to 12 day cycle. Businesses who have landscaped grounds can trim their trees, place the brush on the curb, and have it collected by the Sanitation brush crew at no additional cost.
e) A portion of the sanitation monthly fee is applied towards maintaining the City of Irving Sanitary Landfill which commercial customers have access to.
f) Commercial customers can receive technical information and assistance in the design and location of dumpster pads and enclosures relevant to new construction. Commercial customers can draw upon the expertise of the commercial collection personnel in helping to solve solid waste disposal problems with existing facilities.