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Organized Collection in the Legislature

Two bills related to organized collection have been introduced in the Minnesota House so far this session.

HF2063 would amend the organized collection process to make it simpler and, frankly, less absurd -- cities could for example study organized hauling without having to declare that they "intend" to do it.

On the other hand, HF2084 is basically an effort to stop any city from organizing by making it prohibitively expensive, through the threat of inverse condemnation.  Some elements of the waste hauling industry have long sought to force city governments to pay them for the work they no longer do if the cities decide to adopt an organized collection plan, and every few years some variation on this theme gets introduced as a bill.


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