Medford to Form Solid Waste Task Force

Group will make recommendations on new contract needs based on input from community
City urging those of all backgrounds interested in joining to fill out application

(MEDFORD)—The City of Medford is forming a task force to help coordinate and plan Medford’s priorities for the future of its waste management operations, Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn announced today. The City applied for and was awarded a Community Compact Grant from its current round for $30,000 from the state to develop waste contracts that are fiscally, environmentally, and otherwise beneficial to the community.

The Mayor, along with the Department of Public Works and the Department of Planning, Development and Sustainability staff have been assessing the waste removal needs of the community and talking with residents and environmental advocates about where the City can best improve its operations. We are bringing together a taskforce to hear from a greater cross section of the community and to leverage the expertise that exists in our community in this field. Our current waste management contract expires in June 2023 and we want to ensure that the scope of our procurement is developed with thought, care and input from the community. The taskforce’s work will be a community driven process that seeks input from diverse cross sections of the Medford community across geography, industry, and purpose.

“Our waste removal needs and priorities have changed greatly over the past several years and we need a plan in place that will best serve our residents now and in the future,” Mayor Lungo-Koehn said. “In addition to receiving input from the community, the solid waste task force will offer their own expertise and insight in crafting a new set of guidelines and protocols for the City’s waste management that are efficient, equitable and sustainable.”

If you are interested in serving on the task force, please apply here.

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