Your Opinion: Vote 'no' on Proposition A #2
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Jefferson City’s current trash/recycling system makes our community a leader in responsible solid waste management. If passed, Proposition A on the April 5 ballot would deal a potentially lethal blow to a system that has been years in the making.
As early as 2007, the city’s Environmental Quality Commission surveyed city residents and found that an overwhelming majority — nearly 80 percent favored recycling as part of the city’s trash service. The city followed up that survey with a pilot program in the Fifth Ward that lasted several months from late 2007 to early 2008 and had participants pleading for the return of their recycling carts when they were taken away at the end of the pilot program.
The City of Jefferson issued a request for proposals from waste haulers in late 2008. Several companies expressed an interest, but ultimately only the current waste hauler, Allied Waste, submitted a bid in early 2009. Tough negotiations followed and as a result Jefferson City residents pay considerably less than the statewide average for trash services (and at least $5 less than Cole County customers outside of Jefferson City) and get recycling services as an added bonus.
Don’t throw away this excellent service! Go to the polls on April 5 and vote No on Proposition A.