Firm offers city $2.25 million to not...

Firm offers city $2.25 million to not limit waste hauling

There are 10 comments on the El Paso Times story from Jun 22, 2010, titled Firm offers city $2.25 million to not limit waste hauling. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

The company that owns a landfill in Sunland Park has offered the city $2.25 million a year if the city doesn't require that all El Paso waste be hauled to city-owned landfills.

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Needs more investigating

United States

#1 Jun 23, 2010
At first glance, because of the heading of the article, it seemed like a bribe. But in further reading, it seems like a good compromise. Needs further studying. Good response, Reps. Ortega, Acosta, and Holguin.
Just Someone

El Paso, TX

#2 Jun 23, 2010
I do not know how the city intends on making money in the garbage business. They have not provided the public with a business plan so we do not know if they will turn a profit. Even if they do turn a profit, will it be more than the $2.25 million that they will get. If it goes like many of their other endeavors, I think they will just lose money and then turn it back over to the private sector after they realize they made a mistake. Take the money and leave things as they stand.

El Paso, TX

#3 Jun 23, 2010
Looks like a successful shakedown of a private business!

In essence, he city says: Either you pay us a lot of money, or we will take over your business! Looks like Obamanomics has crept into our El Paso govt!
TLB on drugs

El Paso, TX

#4 Jun 23, 2010
Does the article say they ASKED the company for this? NO! The company understood where the City was coming from and came up with a compromise.

Austin, TX

#5 Jun 23, 2010
TLB on drugs wrote:
Does the article say they ASKED the company for this? NO! The company understood where the City was coming from and came up with a compromise.
IDIOT! Of course they know where the city is coming from! They want to direct all flow to city owned landfill and force El Paso Disposal out of business. So El Paso Disposal needs to entice them with money (i.e. "shakedown") in order to save their business.

"Does the article say..." What a moronic thing ask....apparently all you know about the iissue is what the article says!
We are doomed

United States

#6 Jun 23, 2010
The key to managing Waste Disposal to move forward and make money is to implement full scale recycling including cooking oils, glass and more than just the number 1 and 2 plastics. The recycle program needs to make a giant step up.

United States

#7 Jun 23, 2010
I would like to see a cost analysis of the city's expected expenses vs revenue to expand to commercial collection.

I have SERIOUS DOUBTS that the city can generate 2.25 million dollars a year ON TOP of current revenue by adding all the equipt, personnel and programs that would be required just to start up much less maintain on an ongoing basis, Not to mention the lawsuit costs...

I don't see anything the city has proposed on this subject that makes me convinced that it's in our best interests to enter the commercial trash business. Nothing.

I think we should give the waste connections proposal a serious look and at this point, I am fully in support of it.
Just Saying

San Antonio, TX

#8 Jun 23, 2010
I hope the city takes the offer.

El Paso, TX

#9 Jun 23, 2010
keep talkin trash

Modesto, CA

#10 Jul 24, 2010
Customer rates will definitely increase

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