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Letter to the editor: A good haul

Posted 5/7/20

 

Changing to an organized waste system will provide lower prices, more services and better protections for Arvada residents. Such a system is not a monopoly — various licensed waste …

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opinion

Letter to the editor: A good haul

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Changing to an organized waste system will provide lower prices, more services and better protections for Arvada residents. Such a system is not a monopoly — various licensed waste haulers can still serve Arvada’s multifamily housing (apartments), commercial businesses, and those individuals who choose to “opt out”. Meanwhile the city, not the company, will have the leverage to control pricing. Prices are fixed for the first two years of the contract, and then may only increase with proof that operational costs are going up, and must be linked to a national index. If the city is not satisfied, it can negotiate a lower price or terminate the contract and put it out for another bid. 
With the competitive bidding process, Arvada can negotiate lower prices for residents, put in price protections and guarantee service standards. Under our current system, individuals have very little power. Right now, if waste haulers disappearing without notice, it leaves residents stranded. Then other haulers can jack up prices and the city can do nothing. We can change that with organized waste hauling.
There is a reason that 70% of our country’s population is served by organized trash/recycling systems. Since 2007, eleven Front Range communities have switched to an organized waste system and today they have some of the lowest trash rates. None of these communities have experienced runaway price increases and many have rebid contracts over time to ensure competitive rates and services.
An organized waste system is the best deal for Arvada.
Mindy Mohr,
Arvada

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