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Ongoing Trash Collection Debate Continues in St. Paul, Minn.

November 1, 2019

Via: Waste360

An ongoing debate around organized trash collection in St. Paul, Minn., is now centered on how the city can get a better deal.

During a referendum held this week, residents gathered to hear more about a controversial November 5 ballot question that asks voters if they want to vote “yes” to uphold an ordinance that created city-run organized trash collection or “no” to scrap it, according to an MPR report.

On October 16, Minnesota’s Supreme Court ruled that even if St. Paul residents vote against a single hauler waste collection system, the city’s existing five-year, $27 million contract with haulers must be paid in full. The court had already ruled that residents will have the right to vote on their waste collection system of preference but had not clarified if voting against the single hauler system would void the already established contract with haulers.

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