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April 19, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Bill should reduce if service reduced

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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.

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  1. First sequestration. Now trashquestration. Just say thank you letter writer to Republic Services for the yeomens' job they do and remember to put your trash out like everybody else when you're suppose to.

    CarmineD

  2. I agree with the points both Freeman & Carmine make. Our service from Republic (aka Silver State) has been superb for over 25 years. About the reduction in service without a similar reduction in costs: Why is it no one seems to mind that the "incredibly shrinking newspaper (the R/J)" has shrunk by some 50% over the last few years but hasn't reduced subscription costs to its readers? Hardest hit have been the editorial pages where guest columns now appear only 3 times a week; no more weekly restaurant reports; comics squeezed so small I need a magnifying glass to read the text; no business section on Mondays. I could go on & on, but you get the picture. The worst part is the R/J, now that Fredericks & Mitchell have been ousted, is tending to ape the LV Sun in supporting loony leftist propaganda. Count the anti-Conservative political cartoons vs those mocking the left and you may be surprised to see the increase. The relevancy of the R/J has been compromised under the new "management." I, for one, am not pleased by it.

  3. Point in fact is that this contract change by our elected officials is a bad bargain. Anyone with a brain could see that what Republic Services gets is the ability to dramatically increase its profit while customers get new trash containers, a reduction in service and a recycling carrot.
    I have not seen one independent study that says this is a good deal for us. So let's net out what this entails. Republic will significantly reduce the number of trips they make past your home every year, will likely replace their old trucks with more efficient ones over time (cost neutral position), and eliminate several hundred workers. Yes, some increase in recycling will likely occur.
    Given that Republic has contributed nearly $300,000 to the campaign coffers of local and state politicians we can conclude that this garbage contract proposal was preordained. So why didn't our local elected officials even try to negotiate a better deal? After all, they had the upper hand, seeing as we already had a good for us long term contract in place.
    Even a dimwit could see that if the goal was to dramatically increase recycling and we were going to give major up front trash hauling concessions to Republic then at least we could have demanded half of the "spoils." Why didn't our representatives demand that one half of all gross sales from recyclables be returned to us? Is this too much to ask when we cede a great contract with a sole source contractor? I think not.

  4. We are perfectly happy with the once a week trash pickup. However let's wait and see if we can live with the smell of trash being kept in the garage for a week during the summer months,with the once a week pickup.

  5. Re Jerry Fink: The RJ has been a right wing political fish wrap for decades. That's why I quit subscribing to it. When the Sun operated separately, at least subscribers had a CHOICE regarding editorial content. Fredericks and Mitchell got canned after supporting the A**hat Sharon Angle against Harry Reid. No credibility there. A Newspapers responsibility is to ALL of it's subcribers, and to present neutral opinions, or at least a balanced editorial stance. The RJ fails in that regard. If Suprynowicz, or however he spells his name, and the rest of their "editorial board" is still there, than the paper is still a right wing POS.