The Tulsa Authority for the Recovery of Energy (TARE) board voted on Jan. 28 to suspend the green waste sticker requirement until further notice. Members stated they would revisit the matter after an enhanced green waste program is in place.
Residents can continue to leave their green waste at the curb in 2ft. across and 4 ft. long bundles or in clear plastic bags without a green waste sticker.
TARE also decided to have staff work with consultant Leidos to draft a request for proposal (RFP) to pursue bids for curbside green waste pick up on a short-term basis. Refuse and recycling services are contracted.
Staff reported they expect to present the RFP for TARE's approval in February. TARE has the ability to choose whether to accept or not accept a proposal. Officials say this would give them time to work on a long-term solution.
"The short-term solution of accepting a proposal on the curbside green waste service will help the city bridge the gap from where we are now with green waste to where we want to be in the future with an economically feasible and operationally manageable program," TARE Vice-Chair Paul White said.
"Not only would contracting green waste service save a substantial amount of money in the interim, but gives TARE the opportunity to evaluate the long-term solutions recommended by the citizen/council taskforce and address operational issues before a modified green waste program is adopted," White said.
The TARE board also voted to continue a contract with QuikTrip to sell orange refuse stickers, which are required for additional refuse that cannot fit in the refuse cart.