This link, http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090130/NEWS16/90..., to a report in the Toledo Blade mentions two possible options. Privatization which would save $3.6 million, and “a second option, which would save nearly $3 million a year, is to spend $12.2 million to buy 40 new automated refuse trucks and continue with city workers collecting trash and recyclables “. I prefer the first option, but I wonder if we should keep the trucks, and lease them to the private sector (in case we find out that it is not working). Rather than being rail-roaded into a “fire sale”, we could keep the trucks, maintain them, and lease them to private contractors to bring in needed cash flow to the city.
There are those who believe the government should never be in any kind of "service" that the private sector can do. That we should get out the business as quickly as possible, even if we cost taxpayers money in the process by getting rid of assets at "fire sale" prices to the private sector.