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Back in Trash

The organized trash collection topic is back!  At last week's workshop we asked staff to put a resolution on our Feb. 28th agenda, calling for a public hearing at a future meeting (in March) prior to consideration of a Resolution of Intent to Organize.  It all seems convoluted, but the state law (which is pretty much designed to keep cities from organizing, despite the financial and environmental benefits) lays it out like this -- we have to follow these steps in order to try and develop a specific plan which we can then evaluate and vote up or down.

Today's Pioneer Press has a short article on the topic.  A week ago there was a piece in the Star Tribune as well.

As the topic heats up again, I've already gotten a couple of phone calls today and will no doubt hear more by phone and e-mail, mainly from angry anti-organization people.  Of course you're welcome to call and share your opinion, whatever it may be, but please remember that if my wife answers (the phone number on the city website is our home phone) and offers to take your number so I can call you back, it doesn't really help for you to yell at her and refuse to give any information on who you are or how to reach you.

For more details on the organized collection topic, you can follow the link for the Organized Collection tag on this blog.  Also, you can read the "John's Trash FAQ" that I wrote last fall when this topic was last making a stir.

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I am pro choice on this and most of the people in Maplewood are too in regards to this economic right yet you guys just keep pushing it on everyone.

These words you use "organize" and "anti-organization" mean absolutely NOTHING. Individuals organize their affairs everyday and cooperate through voluntary, mutually beneficial exchange in a market. Forceful and monopolistic "organizing" like what you are supporting is not in any way superior or peaceful. It's not your job to vote with our money for who you guys favor to handle collection. It is our right to vote with our own dollars for whatever wast collection service we desire.

Collectivist minds frequently use "organizing" and "planning" as if nobody plans or organizes. The opposite is true but it's a good way to demean any opposition.

Ultimately, we all want organization. The question Mr. Nephew is not WHAT should be organized but WHO should decide. This would be better left to the residents of maplewood. No monopolization, favoritism, or "corporatism". Let us decide Mr. Nephew, it's the PRO CHOICE thing to do.

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