Wichita City Council To Hear Residents On Trash Hauling Options

Some real trash talk is expected at City Hall Tuesday.  Wichita City Council members should get an earful when residents share their opinions on proposed changes to local trash service.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Some real trash talk is expected at City Hall Tuesday. Wichita City Council members should get an earful when residents share their opinions on proposed changes to local trash service.

Right now Wichitans can choose from several trash hauling companies when deciding who to hire for their residential trash pickup. Doing so means different haulers driving the same streets.

Proponents for changing the system say it is wasteful to have so many trucks driving in the same neighborhoods. Instead, the proposal would divide the city geographically with companies assigned areas giving them the same number of customers they have now so as not to drive any hauler out of business.

"You just get the company that the city gives you, the price they give you, and that's pretty much where it stops," Tyler Cooper, who opposes the trash changes, said.

Here's more on how the plan would work for you. For a flat $20 monthly fee, customers would get weekly trash service, bi-weekly recycling, and an annual bulk trash service.

But some of those who plan on talking trash at the council meeting, say the plan takes away freedom of choice.

"It takes the individual citizen's input or choice out of the equation. When you look at the plan that is proposed now, the average citizen stands to lose more than they stand to gain," Matt Goolsby, who also opposes the trash changes, said.

Goolsby and Cooper developed a web site and are active on twitter gathering support against the changes. Their web site can be found at http://www.mytrashmychoice.com or just click on the words "Related Links" at the bottom of this story.

Supporters of the trash hauling changes say besides less wear and tear on streets, the new plan would get more people recycling since recycling is part of the plan.

Opponents say there will be no incentive to the hauler to maintain a level of customer service under the plan. Cooper added, "I won't have any say or responsibility to hold my hauler responsible for any customer service lapses."


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