Discussions surrounding the potential for Richfield to contract with just one waste and recycling company to cover the entire city have bubbled to the surface recently.
The Richfield League of Women Voters recently held two meetings to introduce the issue to its members, and plans on studying the issue further and taking an official position. The LVM's interest in the issue comes about a year and a half after the Richfield City Council declined to make a decision on implementing a one hauler system. In addition, discussion on the topic has popped up on Richfield Patch.
According to a Richfield Sun Current article, there are currently five trash haulers licensed to operate in Richfield, with as many as 19 different trucks on the road in a given day.
As far as the pros of a single hauler system go, some say the current system is inefficient, causes extra pollution, damages the roads, and could lead to unwarranted physical danger to the public. In addition, moving to an organized garbage collection system can save people 30-50 percent, the Sun Current article said.
Of course, going to a single collector would eliminate a lot of business for other businesses. The current system gives businesses a chance to grow and keeps prices competitive. In addition, the city's school buses, delivery trucks, weather and other factors contribute to road wear and tear, too.
So, Patch asks: Should Richfield consider moving to a single hauler system? Should the city keep the current system? What are the most important things to you when thinking about this issue?
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