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Fruit Heights Recycling Update: State Auditor Edition

July 2, 2013
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Just want to post a quick follow-up to the Fruit Heights recycling fiasco. So far, it has served as a good demonstration of government attempting to force out one private business in favor of establishing a government-endorsed competitor with a guaranteed monopoly.

Fortunately, the State Auditor’s office was tipped off on what was going on and took some action. From what I’ve been told, the take-over is on hold because the city screwed up its RFP and/or contract.

Realistically, that’s only partially good news as it sounds like all they need to do is fix a few things and resubmit the bid/proposal and they are still ‘golden’ to squeeze out any private business they like. Wish I could say the cup is half full, but it doesn’t really look like it…maybe it will get the city to think twice and allow residents to catch wind of what is going on.

Ending on the positive: I’m not the only one who’s noticed the private sector intrusion from forced recycling programs. Only one correction to the writer of the editorial – Bountiful isn’t opt-out, everybody pays, like it or not.

Edit: Click here for posts on this issue if you want more background.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 4, 2013 15:09 pm

    Perhaps Fruit Heights should stop their garbage collection and turn that over to a private company as well? Oh wait – they already do that. Robinson Waste Services (a locally owned and operated company!) handle that.

    So what’s your real point? That the bogeyman (aka government) is always out to get us?

    The local government (Fruit Heights in this case) provides a public space in which we can debate and try to decide what is best for our local community. This process allows us to promote the common good.

    To imply that the city should not take the lead on getting a recycling program underway is laughable. We should have been doing this 20 years ago – throwing recyclables into the trash is irresponsible. A business will only do it to make money. A coming together of the people (local meetings at city hall for example) to promote something for the common good raises the bar to something beyond just a money making venture.

  2. July 4, 2013 17:56 pm

    You may want to look into the recycling – much of it still ends up as waste. Secondly, there was a fully private market for the recycling program that allowed for competition – the city has no business to intrude into it. That’s the point – there was no reason for the city to take any lead when the demand was being fulfilled by the private contractor (the program was already underway). I suggest you read the prior posts particularly where the city made the attempt to subsidize their preferred contractor which would effectively push out the current contractor. It is noteworthy that in this and other instances of city recycling programs, the majority of residents opposed the program/fee.

    Where is the limit of “common good”? Shall we subsidize vehicle purchases (maybe we should provide electric vehicle to residents)? Ban large sodas? Ban firearms? “Free” xeriscaping? “Free” breakfast/lunch? Weight counseling? Firearms training?…

    Plenty can, and has been justified for the common good. What many fail to recognize is government’s role is to provide equal opportunity not equal outcomes nor serve as a nanny in personal decisions. It is not here to bow to every special interest group with a great idea for the common good – there are tons of super organizations, charitable and otherwise, that serve the common good, that doesn’t mean government should take over their roles.

    When government takes over those roles it forces all to pay for them and places additional burdens on those who can often least afford such. All choice is removed and force is exerted. I believe that should be strictly guarded against.

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