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November 28, 2014

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Republic Services is blowing smoke

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This whole Republic Services controversy has not even addressed the most obvious problem: Has anybody noticed that the wind blows a lot in the Las Vegas Valley?

We have been part of the “experiment,” and I can assure everyone that every Monday our neighborhood is covered with newspapers, plastic bags and anything else that the wind takes off the top of the “automated” trucks. These trucks pick up the containers and dump them into the top of the vehicle. As the stuff falls out of the container, a good portion is swept away by the wind. Come out next Monday to our neighborhood and see for yourself.

Republic Services has a contract in place. They are changing the rules in the middle of the game. I was raised to believe that you play by the rules until it is proven that the other players are going to cheat, and then you follow suit, only worse.

I say, allow bidders to take over Republic Services’ contracts. Sell the lowest bidder all of Republic Services’ equipment at cost and send Republic Services down the road.

This should be done tomorrow, not after a certain period. The results are obvious right here in Henderson, right now. Stop with the namby-pamby political rhetoric and do what needs doing. Stop this obvious money grab and save the taxpayers for a change. What’s next will be Republic raising our rates to offset the cost of recycling. Last time I checked, they were not offering me anything to separate my garbage for them.

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  1. The wind does blow in the Valley. Very true. And the open stacked bins are better, why?

    Be smart about how you dispose of trash/recyclable items. If you toss loose newspapers and bottles in the container, guess what? There is a good chance some may fly away in the dumping process on windy days. [But at least not while they are sitting at your curb in the front of your house]. It's called physics not garbage pick up. So accumulate and toss them in paper/plaster bags before dumping in the containers. Simple. Republic Service workers are not our maid service. They dump and remove our trash.

    CarmineD

  2. Carmine: PLASTER bags? I need the recipe for making them. Just kidding. I agree with the comment, and would add one more issue: the "proud citizens" in Vegas that think it's awesome to empty their fast food bags and cups, their overflowing ashtrays and any other flotsam in their vehicles onto the public streets. This happens all the time, wind or no wind.

  3. "Carmine: PLASTER bags? I need the recipe for making them. Just kidding" Gary Lind

    Two days in a row my friend. Yesterday pax instead of pox. Today plaster instead of plastic. Thank you for the second day in a row. At this rate, I'll have to send to a Christmas card this year! And do so happily.

    CarmineD

  4. Gary: Seems I can't even get my correction right: Send you a Christmas card. :-)

    CarmineD

  5. All Republic has asked us to do is slash our residential garbage pickup by 50 percent and our overall waste hauling by 20 percent. In return we get shinny new containers, nothing else. Republic Services has been working toward this end game for at least four years. Now the city of Las Vegas is waiting to see if the legislature will make it easier for Republic to push this garbage contract down our throats. All they are demanding is for every homeowner here in Clark County and Las Vegas to take one for the team. And what a team it is. Republic has assembled their dream team of key vote elected all-stars. Will the all-stars performance influence your vote next election? Let's wait and see how well they do. Here's just a sampling of Republic's recent political contribution lineup, Steve Ross, $10,000, Bob Coffin $10,000, Bob Beers $1,500 and the county's number one all-star, Steve Sisolak, $30,000.

    Republic is not some altruistic recycling organization; they are a for-profit, executive bonus based business. Having had my own business I get that. Should Republic's new plan be adopted as-is, what will these elected officials tell the 70, 80, 90% of homeowners here who will never recycle using this approach? Nothing, they won't, the state will. What will the next round recycling improvement from 10 or 20% % to 30% or more cost us once it is legally mandated? At least for now they only cut your garbage collection services by 50%, but on the bright side, in doing so it really didn't cost you any more, at least for now. Will this suffice? Not for me it won't, and I recycle. All that was needed was to replace the bins with a new recycling container but as simple as that was it didn't increase profits. The new recycling gimmick does.

  6. Life is good in Vegas if all we can come up with to whine about is garbage pick up and guns day after day. Garbage blows in the wind. What a revalation!

  7. We have been part of the new program for some time now and it is a great improvement.

    It is more convenient with the 96 gal mobile carts, and the wind is not a factor, so the neighborhood is cleaner.

    Since we live on a hillside, there is no more chasing barrels down after the wind blew the empties away. The huge recycle cart is much better than the plastic crates.

    I was hesitant at first, but it didn't take long to see the advantage.

    The change in the pickup schedule has not been a problem for us either, not even in hot summer weather.

    We don't need more than the two free 96 gal mobile carts, but it is possible to get additional if a family needs them. They will also pick up overflow deposited in green bags when you find you have an increase in trash on some occasion.

    More people will be happy with the change in service than not, as we learned. We wouldn't want to go back to the old system.

    What other option could there be but increased fees for a less advantageous old system?

    My biggest objections to any companies "improvements" is loss of jobs. I am not sure if that has been significant with Republic Services, like it has been with NV Energy. Job loss surely effects the local economy, while sparing company profits.

  8. Carmine,

    Welcome to the Typos Club! ;-)

  9. "Carmine,

    Welcome to the Typos Club! ;-)'

    Thank you peacelily. I was thinking more like it's tough to get old! ;-)

    CarmineD