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Letter to the editor

Letter: Arvada getting trashed


Arvada is notable for focusing on efficiency and caring for its citizenry, but trash pickup here is ridiculous. Because of our citizens' choice, the true cost is exceedingly high.

There are 15 trash pickup trucks rumbling down my street weekly. So, there are 15 different drivers, offices and support systems for a parade to remove trash for 175 residences. Can you say "duplication of effort?"

Our parade produces beyond 15 times the impact on our roads than a single truck. Can you say "our tax-supported infrastructure now ages more, and faster, than it should?"

Our parade produces at least 15 times the air pollution than one truck. Can you say "we're already struggling to reduce pollution?"

With major roads and airports nearby, our Parade adds significant disruption and noise. Can you say "more peace and quiet, please?"

According to other cities like ours, a single-provider would lower rates. Can you say "costs less?"

While our city managers have sought solutions, our once-enjoyed free curbside pickup of large and hazardous materials is beyond our parade. Can you say "I must pay extra for it and do it myself?"

Exchanging our parade for a single-provider could cause some small businesses to close or merge, and some jobs could be lost; fortunately, metropolitan Denver has the nation's lowest unemployment rate, so ex-employees should find new employment quickly.

Can you say "no-brainer?" A city-managed, single provider for trash pickup would reduce wear and tear on our streets, ears, wallets and lungs, and would restore large and hazardous materials pickup.

I recently asked a neighbor about the parade; the response was "I'm capable of picking a trash company ... I don't need the city to decide that." Have similar reasoning? I suggest you get over it and get practical.

Ira Smith,



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