As mentioned on WSPD a few weeks ago:
The city of Toledo is seeking estimates on the cost of privatizing the city's trash collection services.
Mayor Carty Finkbeiner's administration is seeking proposals on a five-year contract to collect trash in all or part of the city, starting in April, 2009, according to an announcement posted on the city Web site Friday.
George Sarantou, chairman of City Council's budget committee, said the notice doesn't mean the city will definitely switch from city-run garbage collection. He said the request for proposals is aimed at evaluating the cost of private pickup.
"Any prudent leadership in a Midwestern city today has to think outside the box, has to think of different ways to deliver city services and save money," he said.
I was at the meeting George was at where he talked about it. He said the Unions probably won't have a problem with it because the large trash companies are already Teamster unionized. From the discussion, I thought that they would have already talked to the Unions, but it appeared that on Thursday the sent a letter to the Teamsters. Very interesting. We will how this develops.
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