PTC Council trash ordinance shuts down a small recycling business

Tue, 11/03/2009 - 4:14pm
By: Letters to the ...

I have been a resident of PTC for eight years. Initially I elected to use Waste Management Services for my trash pick-up, paying additional for them to pick up my recyclables.

To my dismay, I discovered that they were dumping both my trash and recycling, crushing them together and then dumping all contents into the landfill.

After numerous calls to the managers of Waste Management, endless phone messages inquiring as to the recycling company they were supposedly using for my recycling (you know one that went through mounds of trash in the landfill to pick out the smashed recycled articles) I was tired of the run-around and unanswered calls so I promptly dumped them as my trash carrier.

I chose another smaller trash company and personally recycled myself at the PTC recycling center, which over time became burdensome.

Then an individual small business contractor, Stone Bridge Recycling, came to my home and talked genuine recycling. Patrick, the owner who experienced first hand the big trash companies’ failure to properly dispose of recyclable materials, decided to start his company dedicated solely to weekly recycle pick-up for $7 per month.

He took everything, paper, cardboard, metal, aluminum, Styrofoam and glass. We were very pleased with his service and our weekly trash can was almost empty.

When council passed the ordinance that all trash companies must now provide recycling, we were back at square one. Basically, the big trash companies could again fool everyone into believing they were recycling, and Stone Bridge was out of business, not allowed to pick-up recycling only.

So an honest to goodness small businessman is out of a job, his family facing financial ruin because of an ordinance passed by council.

Granted, concern with big trucks pounding our streets daily from several different trash collectors prompted this action.

I do not see how allowing numerous trash companies free access while keeping one small recycling company off the streets makes logistical or economic sense.

I also spoke to Betsy Tyler, who is in charge of this situation in PTC, and asked how she would be able to discern the facts from the fraud with respect to tonnage numbers on paper from the companies.

It is very easy to fudge the facts on paper even when these companies have been spotted dumping the trash with the recycled together. Trash companies are just that, interested only in trash, which is big business.

Recycling has become a thorn in their side, and they will say whatever it takes to do business here.

I say leave the trash to the trash people and recycling to the recycle business and give our planet a real chance, one small step at a time.

Donna Groover

Peachtree City, Ga.

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Submitted by Betsy Tyler on Thu, 11/05/2009 - 1:51pm.

Just a bit of history on this issue. Council adopted the new ordinance in April of this year, and it went into effect in August. Since that time, the trash companies have been phasing in the program with their monthly bills.

The Solid Waste Ordinance, which falls under health and sanitation, requires any solid waste handler using public streets to sign a Franchise Agreement with the City to indemnify the City from liability while they conduct their business on public streets (the registration and indemnification were always required). It also requires all residential curb-side solid waste haulers to set a base price that includes both trash pickup and recycling, and establishes the minimum list of recyclables that will be collected.

The ordinance and agreement also require the haulers to submit quarterly reports with tonnage figures for both garbage and recyclables. The City will work with Keep Peachtree City Beautiful to audit these reports by contacting the companies that accept the recyclables to ensure that companies are bringing in the quantities reported.

The first set of reports, due later in November, will only cover through September, but should give us a good base line to gauge increases in recycling participation city-wide in the coming months.

City staff worked with all the legally registered solid waste handlers for about 2 years on this issue, looking at various options, including a single, exclusive contract for one provider, a reestablishment of the preferred provider agreement, and non-exclusive franchises, before adopting the current ordinance and program.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Betsy Tyler
Public Information Officer/City Clerk
City of Peachtree City

Submitted by PTCGOIL on Thu, 11/05/2009 - 3:25pm.

who have to pay this really and totally wasteful dollar (plus) every quarter to the trash company, who then pays it to PTC govt., who then pays it to this "NON-profit" Keep PTC Beautiful to the tune of $40,000. per year (at least for THIS year, we'll see what the next year brings). If this ordinance was truly about a franchise agreement, why did recycling have to be added to it for a fee? The city could have required recycling as part of the agreement for no charge.

And not to mention, we now have two more trash truck visits per month for our trash company alone, just to pick up the recyclables. Yeah, that really helps our environment. And our streets.

This has to do with paying one group....KPTCB.

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Submitted by SPQR on Wed, 11/04/2009 - 10:26am.

This has been going on for years. City apparently just did a quick and dirty without over site to get the greenies off their back. I just accept the fact that I'm paying an extra buck for nothing.

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