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Letters to the Editor

Trash service

November 6, 2011

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To the editor:

Last week a gentleman wrote to the newspaper that the city should just drop the task force on trash services and privatize because it would be cheaper. Be careful, you may get the cheap you want to pay for.

Let’s look at what you get. A basic trash service with a required poly cart. If you call in that you set it out late or it supposedly got missed, they will be glad to come back and get it for $25. The Monday yard waste would be dropped. If you have items like stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc., they would charge $35 for each except the refrigerator. It would be $50. Oh yeah, if you want to recycle, you still have to have a separate cart and pay $5 for that service.

Now let’s see how your services from the City of Lawrence are. Your basic service, you can use bag, can, cart, box, just about anything that will contain it and right now unlimited quantity. Now your white goods — you know, stoves, washer, dryer and refrigerator — NO CHARGE. Did you know you could put out five old tires to be picked up at NO CHARGE? I admit the brush policy is a pain, but you know what? If you package it right, you can cut down a whole tree and they will take it.

The one thing you can count on with the Solid Waste Division of the City of Lawrence, is customer service. These people are friendly, caring and concerned workers. This is their city too.

Comments

Stain 2 years, 5 months ago

The only change that should happen is mandated city-issued carts, if it's true they reduce injuries for the workers. But they should have different sizes of carts available. Families who only have a small amount of trash shouldn't have to store a huge cart they will never fill. And they should still take the occasional extra bag or two.

The city commission is trying to fix something that is not only not broken, it's perfect as it is. Something stinks. Follow the money.

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Stain 2 years, 5 months ago

The only change that should happen is mandated city-issued carts, if it's true they reduce injuries for the workers. But they should have different sizes of carts available. Families who only have a small amount of trash shouldn't have to store a huge cart they will never fill. And they should still take the occasional extra bag or two.

The city commission is trying to fix something that is not only not broken, it's perfect as it is. Something stinks. Follow the money.

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paavopetie 2 years, 5 months ago

Why don't we just have a town dump and require everyone to drive their trash there on their way out of town to their jobs in Johnson County or Topeka?

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kansasplains 2 years, 5 months ago

The Solid Waste Division of Lawrence is great! Why don't we have a community party for them during the summer months? (As well as a party for teachers and the many others who do their job so well.)

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oneeye_wilbur 2 years, 5 months ago

The sanitation department is business friendly. It would behoover the City Commisson to turn the Planning Department over to the Trash Department.

And the city would progress!

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irvan moore 2 years, 5 months ago

i find the trash department and it's employees to be my favorite city service and i sure as heck get a lot better value from the guys on the truck than i do from the commissioners

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 5 months ago

I'm all for PAYT as you throw which will allow one large container that holds more than we can fill most always.

I'm also for allowing "locals" to run the recycling operations in the city BUT with a system that might be able to track their disposal method ..... like to a recycling facility.

But I also believe landlords should pay additional fees for setting an entire house out on the curb for pick up. This will be resisted greatly by most property owners who have friends in City Hall and/or are elected officials.

The sooner we fill up our landfills the sooner our trash service fee will increase beyond belief.

Yes Lawrence has excellent service and keeps locals employed. BTW Deffenbaugh is owned by investors located in Belgium. Our daughter who resides near Mission in JOCO would not blindly give Deffenbaugh a thumbs up for their trash service or recycling program.

I say keep all of our dollars Lawrence,Kansas and keep locals employed. Keeping locals on our tax dollar payrolls is QUITE friendly to local business and friendly to taxpayers. Keeping locals employed is necessary for the local economy to survive.

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Peaty 2 years, 5 months ago

I agree, every time I've called with a question or about an item to be picked up, they have been very helpful. When my mother passed away and we cleaned out her house, we had a huge amount of items that needed to be disposed of. I asked if I could rent or get a dumpster. They said no, just put everything by the curb on trash day and we'll get it. This was a huge amount of things. It took up about two parking spaces. They took everything no questions asked.

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Joe Hyde 2 years, 5 months ago

Lawrence's present city trash pickup and disposal system is excellent. "Excellent" should not be replaced with a gamble that reaches for "probably better".

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Les Blevins 2 years, 5 months ago

The one thing you can count on with the Solid Waste Division of the City of Lawrence, is customer service. These people are friendly, caring and concerned workers. This is their city too.

I agree. Too bad the city administration isn't as caring and concerned. If it were things could be run much more efficiently and thus much better for all.

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