Wednesday, November 24, 2010

County Resident Makes a Good Point About Trash Program; County Enforcement Lacking

A reader responds:

Of the 105,000 households in the county, almost 25% of them OPTED out of the program, and more than 10% are not paying their bills.

That means, nearly 35% or more (37000), are not participating in the County Mandatory Trash District system.

Where is the enforcement of this county ordinance? Either the county should support it and enforce it, or get out of it.

Some thoughts on the subject:
  • The County should never have passed a law that says you don't have to comply with it if you don't want to.
    Big mistake. Tens of thousands of residents have opted out of the program.
  • The County is not enforcing the program since it's too expensive to enforce. It's eating at Charlie's triple A (AAA) financial rating every day.
  • Residents participating in the County trash program are paying in taxes what it's costing the county trying to administer the program and for those residents not paying.


  1. Anonymous8:55 PM

    This entire botched District trash program needs a complete and full independent audit to bear out just how much this program has cost and continues to cost tax payers. This could very well be the counties biggest and most bogus tax crashes yet.

    This program is truly ripe for a State Audit review.

    The is tens of millions being wasted here.

  2. Anonymous7:52 AM

    I received an email from the district manager for IESI, in response to a critical email I sent him, saying that this could have been done even cheaper if they could send out only one bull each quarter to the county rather than thousands to the citizens. It seems that the county wants all the benefits but none of the responsibilities. Why do we individually pay the haulers who have a contract with the county, not us? If the county contracts for a new road does everyone who uses the road have to send a check to the contractor?

  3. Anonymous9:15 AM

    It is time for full disclosure.

    State Attorney General should investigate.

    State Auditor should audit and reconcile.

    St. Louis County tax payers deserve better.

  4. Anonymous8:30 AM

    One of the Stated County Goals for this program, (stated by Dooley and his team), was to insure, that every household had minimum levels of trash service and recycling service.

    Dooley and team, have seriously fumbled this Goal along with others in St. Louis County.

    The County now has an obligation to find a way to fund this program and support the stated goals, or get out of the mix.

    Mr. Dooley, and County Council, accept your repsonsibility in this issue and do the right thing.

  5. Anonymous12:11 PM

    Other area wrestling with the trash issues as well: