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Saint John taxpayers to save half a million dollars per year on in-house trash collection

Municipality to save $1.3 million over five years by going public.

Groody: We believe that it is certainly in the best interest of taxpayers to go in this direction.SAINT JOHN, NB, October 12, 2011: Despite some controversy that user fees based on usage would save more money, Saint John has decided to bring its trash collection services in-house, Reid Southwick reports in the Telegraph-Journal. The proposal was passed almost unanimously, while the user fee suggestion was not subjected to serious analysis.

"The city will take full responsibility of trash collection and dump its contracts with private haulers, a move local officials say will save taxpayers $500,000 a year.

Common Council voted on Tuesday to adopt a new service model that will see city workers take over 19 waste collection routes currently serviced by Fero Waste & Recycling, adding to the 34 routes the workers are already responsible for.

The new system is expected to be up and running next September. To get things started, council approved a city staff recommendation to spend $794,000 on three new garbage packer trucks the staffers said are necessary to take over the curbside service..."

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Posted: October 24, 2011

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