Trash Company Wants Lower Fees

8 years 3 weeks 5 days ago Tuesday, September 21 2010 Sep 21, 2010 Tuesday, September 21, 2010 10:00:41 AM CDT September 21, 2010 in News

JEFFERSON CITY - Complaints are flying in Jefferson City over a trash contract that's barely a year old. First, complaints from residents who didn't want to sign up and now from the company collecting the trash.

The newest problem has to do with the contract Jefferson City signed with Allied Waste last year. The city promised the company it could collect trash from 14,000 different city homes for profit.

But, after the new garbage trucks hit the pavement, it became clear that there weren't quite that many homes in Jefferson City. Allied Waste was only getting for collecting from 12,600 homes.

But, they were also paying more than $300,000 in fees to let their trucks use city roads. The company was actually loosing money on the contract.

City Council members will hear an ordinance to reduce those road-use fees Mon. to prevent allied waste from penalizing the city for breach of contract since the company wasn't getting as much profit. 

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