Around the Metro, cities are looking to contract with just one waste and recycling company to cover whole communities.
Richfield is exploring the idea and Maplewood recelntly implemented it. Some say it reduces trash-trucks on the roads, and saves tax dollars.
In Lakeville, the truth is, a total of six waste and recycling haulers are licensed to do business in Lakeville, including:
- Dick's Sanitation/Lakeville Sanitary Service
- Waste Management
- GarbageMan of Lakeville, LLC
- Randy's Sanitation, Inc.
- Buckingham Companies
- Allied Waste Systems/BFI
As far as the pros of a single hauler system go, some say the current system is inefficient, causes extra pollution, damages the roads, and could lead to unwarranted physical danger to the public. In addition, moving to an organized garbage collection system can save people 30-50 percent on their bills, according to a recent Sun Current article.
So, Patch asks: Should lakeville consider moving to a single hauler system? Should the city keep the current system? What are the most important things to you when thinking about this issue?
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