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November 26, 2015

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Trash, recycling proposal divides county commission

Clark County commissioners were unable to reach a consensus on a proposal that would require twice-a-week trash pickup and once-a-week recycling pickup at homes.

Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, who proposed the plan, moved to bring the proposal back in a November meeting to allow commissioners and Republic Services, the waste collection company, to do more research on the issue.

Giunchigliani said she thinks Republic Services already has been collecting fees to pay for the increase in service, but the company insists the proposed change would require a fee increase.

Republic Services instead wants to collect trash and recycling once a week, as it is already doing in some pilot program areas.

Commissioners appeared to be divided on the proposal, with many opposed to a fee increase and others opposed to once-a-week trash pickup.

Republic Services is the waste collection company for all of the Las Vegas Valley, but any changes made by the commission would only apply to unincorporated parts of the county, further complicating the issue for commissioners who wish to maintain uniformity in districts that cover both incorporated and unincorporated parts of the valley.

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