PTC wants more info on trash franchise

Fri, 11/02/2007 - 11:42am
By: John Munford

The Peachtree City Council has elected to seek formal "requests for information" from the city's residential trash companies.

The information will be used to determine whether the city would benefit from creating a trash franchise, which would require all residents to use the same company.

Proponents of the plan say it would also dramatically reduce trash truck traffic in the city and improve efficiency for the company that would be selected.

Opponents say the city would be creating a trash monopoly though the free market system is working just fine. The city has four companies that provide residential trash pickup.

The idea of sending out a request for information came from City Council candidate Doug Sturbaum, who said he has experience with the concept from his job as a purchasing agent.

Councilman Steve Boone said he was still opposed to usurping the current free market system. Councilwoman Cyndi Plunkett said she agreed unless it is shown that the city would get a significant benefit from changing to a trash franchise.

City staff has met with trash service companies individually to get background information and has also acquired bid documents they have submitted in the past, said City Clerk Betsy Tyler.

Tyler noted those documents are tailored to the needs of the companies but give the city more information on which to make its decision.

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Submitted by Deleted Account on Tue, 11/13/2007 - 1:57pm.

I have been on both sides of this issue before.

I've just moved here from Northern Minnesota and 5 years ago we had only company and our rates were $19.00 per 2 months (we had to provide our own cans) and service was good. 2 years ago, the rates changes to $19.00 per month so I asked the collector on route (who happened to be the owner) why such an increase. He explained that 2 new companies opened up and he was losing business and that he lost nearly 25% of his business and in order to keep his guys working that he needed to pay them more money and get better equipment.
Just before we moved, they announced they were raising the rates again in January to $25 per month and again cited increased wages, costs, and need for more modern equipment.

For the other side, when I lived in California, our city had competition for years and finally decided to go with just one company. I did not notice any real rate reduction in rates as the company cited increased business means increased costs. What did notice is that we had large trucks coming down our streets only once per day. That being said, I've noticed here that rubbish collection seems to occur between 8:30 and 2:00pm when most people are at work and kids in school.

Having been in both situations, I can not tell you that we are in a no-win situation and not going to please everyone.

Submitted by gmillertree on Sun, 11/04/2007 - 10:22pm.

Oh great! Here we go again with government trying to run our lives because a couple folks don't like trash pick up by more than one company. Hey, guess what you get with no competition? An initial 'good' deal followed by angry citizens over the next several months. But wait, our government will have "locked in" a contract for three years. You know what? These idiots need to get a lesson in working well with others instead of living in their house 24 hours a day being able to hear the competition outside on their street. Why make the rest of us suffer because they can't go talk to their neighbor and come up with an agreed company for their street.
To the PTC council ... Don't waste any more time on this issue. It's dead!!!

Submitted by gmillertree on Sun, 11/04/2007 - 10:25pm.

Oh, I forgot. City Council candidate Doug Sturbaum won't be there in a few weeks to follow up. Smiling Thank goodness.

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Submitted by poipendicular on Fri, 11/02/2007 - 12:00pm.

When the city decides to open up bids make the garbage companies give the city incentives to be the only game in town. Ask for the moon, and demand as little cost as possible to the city and the residents. It's how it's done in CA. Free bulky pickups per the resident twice a year, fines against the company if they get complaints, missed pickups, debris in the streets. We can do this. Just because they are a business, the city doesn't have to lay down and pick the lesser of the devils if we go franchise.

Submitted by Nitpickers on Mon, 11/05/2007 - 3:56am.


Submitted by Nitpickers on Mon, 11/05/2007 - 3:55am.

I suppose trash hauling in Calif. also costs about $15 a month like it does here? Yeah, right!
We don't need four trucks in every neighborhood every week, but we do need two for competitive purposes.
Those companies who will also pickup bagged trash over and above a trash can full should also be given consideration--even at a slightly higher price.
I think complaints should be investigated before the company is fined---some people are weird!
Personally, it seems to me the city should perform this job anyway, using employees who aren't too busy some days!

Submitted by volley819 on Fri, 11/02/2007 - 3:31pm.

I completely agree... I've been a resident for 17 years, and I'm tired of seeing garbage on the curb every weekday. Too many garbage trucks on the streets every day, Monday through Friday. We should be able to negotiate a favorable deal, along with gaining better service and more control for the residents. We shouldn't have to deal with all the trucks and garbage EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK!

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