To the editor:



Has anyone ever really thought about the advantages to having the city provide trash collection services?

To the editor:

Has anyone ever really thought about the advantages to having the city provide trash collection services?

I know people say they want the “right” to choose their trash-hauler, but do you really believe it is saving you money? One big, heavy trash truck driving down your street equals the same wear and tear as 1,100 cars. We wonder why our streets don’t last the 25 years that they should, but think about it. I know on my street alone, four different trash companies make six trips a week.

If we would allow the city to come up with a fair and equitable plan, and possibly even start a curbside recycling program, we could not only save the wear and tear on our streets but it will also help save the environment in recycling, increase the safety of our children with fewer trucks speeding down our side streets, and save our tax dollars spent on excessive maintenance caused by the damage from these trucks.

Our city has seen extensive infrastructure improvements over the last few years, and it’s a shame to see it all torn up by the numerous trucks. I live one block from Luff Elementary, and I see so many trucks that travel my street, and since they don’t have to stop at every house, they start and stop rapidly, causing extra damage, and speed down the street, causing a hazard to our children walking to and from school.

If you agree with me that we should have a city-controlled, curbside recycling and trash-hauling program, please call or email your City Council representative and our great mayor and let them know you want to see a better system. If you disagree, then don’t complain about the potholes or the next time we are asked for more money to maintain our streets.