Sunday, March 10, 2013 | 3:01 a.m.
In response to Robert Latchford’s letter in the Sun about the storage problem with recycling bins, “Recycling bins fill up faster than trash,” I say he is right about the bins and wrong about service.
Republic Services is no different than General Mills, the maker of breakfast cereal. Both understand that to increase profit, all that is necessary is to retain the box size and price but reduce the content.
There is no valid reason to exchange a good long-term contract for lesser service simply because Republic Services gave nearly $300,000 to our elected officials in return for a more profitable contract.
My neighbors and I don’t find it difficult to recycle. Republic will provide any number of bins you want for free (you are still paying for these, anyway). There is no requirement to separate the recyclables today. We choose to store overflow in cardboard boxes and grocery bags, which are all picked up and placed into Republic’s single-stream truck bin.
Yes, the new containers would make it more convenient, so give us the containers! Don’t cut services from five pickups every two weeks to three or four.
Oh, and all that dog poo and food waste you now put into plastic bags? Well guess what — the next iteration of this will mandate that you further separate this waste. Then, as they do in San Francisco, the trash police will be watching you and issuing fines.
You will receive all this extra care for a mere $28, not the $11 we now pay.