Waste Management, the current residential trash and recycling provider in Fairfield, has moved its staging location and has given notice to the Fairfield MUDs that at the end of its contract it will no longer be able to service Fairfield. After requesting proposals and interviewing three companies, the Fairfield MUDs have selected Best Trash, a local company which has been in business 13 years, as the new provider. Here is what you need to know:
When will trash be picked up?
Best Trash will pick up trash in the carts they provide at the curb twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays. The Best Trash carts will be 65 gallons, not 95 gallons. Additional refuse may be placed in other containers (between 30- 50 gallons) or bags (not weighing over 40 pounds) and placed next to the Best Trash provided trash cart. Best Trash will not be using automated trucks, allowing for more flexibility in what it will pick up.
When will recycling be picked up?
Fairfield will be split into two areas for recycling. Best Trash will pick up recycling in the carts they provide at the curb once a week.
- East of Mason—pick up is on Tuesday;
- West of Mason—pick up is on Friday.
What about yard/bulk pickup?
Best Trash will pick up yard and bulk waste twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays. Trees, shrubs, brush trimmings and fencing must be no larger than 4 inches in diameter, no more than 4 feet long, tied in bundles not exceeding 40 pounds. The tied bundles is required to allow quick pickup and size limitations are required to avoid damaging the equipment in the compacting process. Items such as appliances, furniture, mattresses, carpet (up to 1 room of carpet, cut less than 4 feet wide, tied in bundles not exceeding 40 pounds), will be picked up on both garbage collection days.
When will the change-over occur?
Waste Management’s last recycling day will be Friday, June 24, 2022. Waste Management’s last waste collection day will be Tuesday, June 28, 2022. Best Trash will commence service on Tuesday, July 1, 2022.
How will I get my Best Trash carts and what do I do with my Waste Management carts?
Best Trash plans to begin delivering its recycling carts to residents on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, and its waste carts on Friday, June 24, 2022. Please do not start using the new carts until July 1, 2022.
Waste Management’s contractor will begin removing the Waste Management recycling carts from residences immediately after service on Friday, June 24, 2022 and they will work over the weekend to collect the recycling carts. MAKE SURE YOUR CART IS EMPTY AND LEAVE IT AT THE CURBSIDE LOCATION FOR PICKUP. If you do not leave the Recycling Cart curbside or you put anything in the Recycling Cart, it will not be removed and there will not be a second trip.
Waste Management’s contractor will begin removing the Waste Management waste carts from residences immediately after service on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. MAKE SURE YOUR CART IS EMPTY AND LEAVE IT AT THE CURBSIDE LOCATION FOR PICKUP. If you do not leave the Waste Cart curbside or you put anything in the Cart, it will not be removed and there will not be a second trip.
Will my cost increase?
Residents pay for their trash and recycling services as part of the base fee on their water bill. The base fee will not increase due to the change in trash providers.
Where can I get more information?
The Board of Directors of Harris County Water Control & Improvement District No. 155, which manages the drainage channels in Fairfield, has changed its regular meeting date and location to the 4th Monday of the month at 5 p.m. in Fairfield. The Board will meet at the Bradford Creek Clubhouse, 15011 Fairfield Green Circle, or Lakeside Trails Clubhouse, 15125 Country Fair Lane, depending on availability. The public is welcome to attend and participate in the public comments section of the meeting. The public may also attend by teleconference or videoconference as described on the agenda for each meeting.
One of the most important functions of the Fairfield Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs), consisting of Harris County MUD Nos. 322, 354, 358, 396, and 397, is to provide drainage and detention facilities for the Fairfield community. One of the central drainage and detention features of the Fairfield community is the approximately 400-acre regional detention facility site located south of State Highway 290, and west of Fry Road, just north of Cypress Creek, as generally shown on the above map. The Fairfield MUDs and the Harris County Flood Control District (Flood Control) operate and maintain the property for drainage and detention purposes for the benefit of the Fairfield community. The facilities on the property currently include a regional detention basin, control structure, and approximately 30-acre levee. The property is maintained solely as a drainage and detention facility, and neither the MUDs nor Flood Control has constructed any park or recreational facilities on the property. In addition, the property is not and has never been open for public access.
Over the years, the Fairfield MUDs received reports of isolated incidents of individuals accessing the property for recreational purposes. Starting more than a decade ago, the Fairfield MUDs installed certain fencing, locked gates, and no trespassing signs at known or suspected access points to try to deter trespassing incidents, particularly in light of potential safety risks to residents posed by the levee and associated facilities, and the risk of damage to critical MUD and Flood Control drainage and detention infrastructure. Nevertheless, in early 2020, as more individuals began to spend additional time at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the land surrounding the property continued to develop, the Fairfield MUDs began to receive a significantly greater number of reports of trespassing incidents on the property.
In response to these reports, the Fairfield MUDs installed security cameras and worked with the Harris County Constable’s Office, Precinct 4 and the MUDs’ maintenance contractor to enhance security measures and enforcement to prevent unauthorized access to the property and to deter future trespassing incidents. During the course of these efforts, the MUDs discovered that individuals had damaged the property by constructing unauthorized trails, bike ramps, and other facilities on the property. The Fairfield MUDs also experienced theft of security cameras and no trespassing signs on multiple occasions. Repairing the damage and replacing the stolen property cost the Fairfield MUDs thousands of dollars. However, the enforcement efforts have been successful in reducing the number of trespassing incidents.
In late fall 2020, the Fairfield MUDs were approached by a local biking group, which requested that the MUDs consider opening the property for recreational use. The group acknowledged constructing unauthorized trails and bike ramps and accessing the property without permission. They stated they had asked their members to cease unauthorized access to the property, and they requested to partner with the Fairfield MUDs and Flood Control to open the property for recreational use. The Fairfield MUDs also received correspondence from individuals, many of whom were non-Fairfield residents, requesting that the property be opened for public recreational use.
MUDs in Harris County, like the Fairfield MUDs, currently are authorized to construct and maintain parks and recreational facilities. However, MUDs were not granted those powers until the 2000s, well after the Fairfield MUDs were created and began operating. As a result, the agreement between the Fairfield MUDs for the construction and operation of regional facilities like the property provides that the property will be operated and maintained for its intended drainage and detention facility purposes. The agreement does not provide a funding mechanism for the Fairfield MUDs to construct and maintain parks or recreational facilities on the property. This means the Fairfield MUDs each would have to contribute additional funds if any parks or recreational facilities were going to be developed and operated on the property.
The Fairfield MUDs each carefully considered the request to open the property for recreational use. Ultimately, due to significant concerns regarding potential damage to critical drainage and flood control infrastructure, safety, potential liability, and cost, the Fairfield MUDs determined to continue operating the property solely for drainage and detention purposes and to deny the request to open the property for recreational use. Although the Fairfield MUDs understand that parks and recreational facilities can be a beneficial part of any community, the MUDs do not want to take any action that could potentially negatively impact the drainage and detention functionality of the property or increase flood risk. Additionally, due to federal, state, and local regulatory requirements for parks and recreational facilities operated by local governments like MUDs, and the large acreage and rugged terrain of the property, the Fairfield MUDs expect that developing safe, accessible parks or recreational facilities on the property while still protecting the critical flood control infrastructure could be cost prohibitive.
The Fairfield MUDs will continue enforcement efforts to prevent and deter unauthorized access and damage to the property. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in protecting this important flood control feature for our community.
On April 1, 2021, the North Harris County Regional Water Authority will increase the fee it charges on groundwater pumped within its boundaries from $4.25 per 1,000 gallons to $4.60 per 1,000 gallons.
This increase will affect all water customers in Fairfield. The North Harris County Regional Water Authority fee is a separate line item on customer bills which the Fairfield MUDs collect and pass through to the North Harris County Regional Water Authority. The Fairfield MUDs have no control over this fee and do not charge any sort of mark up on it.
WHAT IS THE REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITY?
The North Harris County Regional Water Authority is a political subdivision of the State covering northwest Harris County outside of the City of Houston. Its purpose is to provide surface water to the area within its boundaries in order to reduce the pumping of groundwater from the local aquifer. Because of the increase in population in northwest Harris County, too much groundwater is being taken from the ground, causing the ground to sink.
The North Harris County Regional Water Authority is under a mandate to reduce the groundwater usage in its boundaries from 70% to 40% by 2025. To comply with this mandate, the North Harris County Regional Water Authority is participating in several very expensive projects to provide surface water to local MUDs, cities, and private utilities. It is paying its share of the Luce Bayou project which transfers water from the Trinity River to Lake Houston, the expansion of the Lake Houston water purification plant, and the transmission lines and pumping stations to bring the water from Lake Houston to the area within its boundaries.
To pay for these costs, the Authority’s fee has increased annually and is expected to continue to do so. If it isn’t already, it will soon be the biggest part of the water bill.
WHAT CAN RESIDENTS DO?
Residents can find out more about North Harris County Regional Water Authority at www.nhcrwa.org. The Board of Directors of the Authority holds monthly meetings, which are open to the public. Members of the Board of Directors are elected by district. Fairfield is in District 1.
Residents can learn more about water conservation. The less water the resident uses, the lower the bill. to learn more about water conservation, visit a website about ways to conserve water usage in your home. There are many on the internet these days, such as www.savewatertexas.com, that contain a lot of educational items for a homeowner.
SPECIAL STORM DEBRIS PICKUP ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2021
Waste Management will be running trucks throughout Fairfield on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2021 for pickup of storm debris starting at 7 a.m. Please bring all storm debris out to the curb without blocking the roadway or storm drains. Do not put the debris by trees, poles, fire hydrants or other structures.
Permitted storm debris includes furniture, flooring, carpet, sheetrock, pipes, logs, branches, leaves (DO NOT BAG), appliances, electronics and household waste. Do not put storm debris with your regular trash or recycling as Waste Management will collect it separately.
This service is being provided by the Fairfield MUDs: Harris County Municipal Utility District Nos. 322, 354, 396 and 397. For updates sign up for email/text blasts.