Thursday, December 20, 2007

Make Your Opinion Count Opposes County Trash Program

Tony Niskanen of Make Your Opinion Count LLC told the St. Louis County Council of his group's plans to oppose the trash collection districts in unincorporated St. Louis County. They will begin a petition drive to oppose the trash collection districts in unincorporated St. Louis County to remove the county's authority to set up the districts and trash collection standards.

The group's proposal is two initiatives, one to remove from the Waste Management Code the authority for trash collection districts, and a second to change the code's minimum collection standards. The second initiative would require haulers to offer collection of recyclables every other week instead of once a week and would drop a requirement for bulky trash pickups. The group will need about 19,000 signatures on petitions to put the initiatives on the April 8 ballot. The deadline is Jan. 29.


  1. Anonymous8:57 AM

    What? Pick up recyclables every other week? A review of our current "trash" shows that 98% of it is recyclable. Which means we will need a recyclable pickup every week. Basically, we do not have trash but recyclable products.

    We could get by with weekly recyclable pickup and trash pickup every two weeks.

    It's time everyone analyzes their "trash" and what their needs may be - and to speak up.

  2. Anonymous9:56 PM

    Wake up! The County Government has failed us for many years by not establishing and enforcing standards for trash haulers. Now they want to step in and run up our trash bills by reducing competition and forcing us to take services we may not want. Why should we trust them to do anything they have been unable or unwilling to ever do in the past? the entire County plan is bogus and has so many holes all we will get is a bigger bill. Please actively oppose this plan and demand the County Council repeal the enabling legislation. Let them show us they can set and enforce standards before we allow them to tie us to a single trash hauler with no competiton and no way to opt out. Every problem the County has identified can be dealt with through standards and regulation without trash districts.