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.