A wolf in sheep skin?
It appears that in the disguise of recycling the obvious is being overlooked.
If a garbage hauler was to propose a long-term contract for "garbage-only" service how much interest by cities, etc would be generated. Not much according to my contacts. So now the hauler includes this new-fangled single stream recycling gimmick and everyone is ready for the
deal of the decennium.
Here are a few of the know details that are seldom acknowledged...
* Recycling and garbage routes become automated.
(Drivers loose jobs)
* Costs for extras such as couches, mattresses, etc increase.
(A special truck must be sent for pick-up)
* Recycling collection becomes every-other-week.
(Hauler saves more labor and fuel costs)
* Workman's compensation costs DO NOT change for the hauler.
(Large haulers are self-insured)
* Hauler competition is stifled by a long term contract.
(Initial terms are 10 yrs + renewals)
* Monthly cost to homeowners increase.
(Automation, carts, etc)
The hauler gets a great deal... competition is eliminated, a new long-term contract including a rate increase, drivers are eliminated, residents will pay more for extras, savings(internal) are realized for self-insurance costs, and recycling collection is only needed half as often.
This sure looks like a great "bait-and-switch" sale to me. Or is recycling simplification used as a "puppy dog" sales technique? The sales sequence seems to be-- a pilot project that ends up as a "deal of the decennium."
I think the following quote applies to single stream recycling.
"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler." - Albert Einstein, Physicist
Regards..... C. William
PS- Thanks to those who responded to my inquiry about landfill host fees.
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