I had warned that vigilance was needed on the recycling issue. Even so, there wasn’t much anyone could do about it as the City Council members (Holbrook, Tolman, Knight) teamed with the Mayor (Johnson) to force everyone to pay for another interest group’s convenience under the guise of a “Recycling Discussion” listed on the City Council Agenda I was able to obtain. Evidently NO public comment was taken.
Bountiful residents will now pay an additional $36/year on top of all the other tax increases and “power tax” increases which have been layed on residents backs. One day I will need to sit down and check how much Bountiful taxpayers have been burdend over the last 5-10 years…doing some quick math, I think they are looking at about $200/year.
Of course, rising energy costs, a slowing economy and looming inflation mean nothing. Plus all those on fixed incomes and the poor really don’t matter that much. After all, gandpa can skimp on the heart meds so that I can wheel recycling to the curb rather than putting a minor amount of effort to take it to the appropriate, conveniently located dumpster.
Moving on, here is something of interest, from the article (second link above):
Reasons cited were a change by Allied Systems, the previously chosen provider. It wanted a guaranteed minimum participation level and a four-year contract, and would start charging the city to maintain the 200 West recycling bins, at an estimated cost of $30,000-$35,000 each year.
It turns out Allied Systems OWNES is affiliated with Rocky Mountain Recycling. That was something I did not know when I wrote my post on the issue last week. That being the case, I think Allied made a strategic move to bluff charging the city for the 200 West bins in an effort to give Councilmembers an excuse to force everyone to pay Allied for the service, whether they use it or not. Allied now has a fully government-mandated and approved monopoly in Bountiful. It looks like Allied may have screwed up and given their competator (Waste Management) a government mandated and approved monopoly in Bountiful.
What I would like to know is if the supporting City Council members fell for this stunt or if there was some type of collusion going on behind the scenes as the recent ‘bin charge’ development and rapid reaction using the cloak of a “recycling discussion” a little too convenient. I think this stinks, but I have no concrete evidence, at this time, to support this suspicion. [And no wonder, I misread the article!]
Ending on the positive: Thanks to Coucilman Moss and Myers for opposing this and noting that the majority of residents opposed mandatory recycling in the recent survey on the issue.
I would also encourage folks to recycle their paper and aluminum through the bins etc. located at various schools and charities (some businesses offer them as well). At least, they let you do so voluntarily and it goes to a good cause.
UPDATE: I misread the article and Allied did not get the contract, as a matter of fact, they may have shot themselves in the foot (see comments). Obviously, this evaporates the suspicion of collusion alluded to in the same paragraph.