Springfield Displeased with City Trash Results

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--This isn't the first time the city of Springfield has talked about what to do with our current trash system. In fact you might remember it was some months ago when this conversation started.


Back then, we heard from Neighborhood Advisory Councils disappointed in how the nearly 12 trash services in Springfield operate.

"We'd like to see a study done that would help to better understand, what would be the possibility," Neighborhood Advisory member, Pete Ridecki told us back in October.

We also told you how the City of Springfield had hired Kansas City's Burns and McDonnell, a consulting firm tasked with surveying how to make those trash services more efficient.

"Our goal is to have some recommendations back to council not long after the first of the year," Environmental Services’ Erick Roberts said that same day.

Fast-forward to now and the results of that study are in.

"The purpose of today's presentation is to discuss the various options included in the report," said Errin Kemper with Springfield's Department of Environmental services on Tuesday.

He says the firm proposed three possible changes.

One, the firm suggested each of the 12 trash companies gets it's own district of operation.

Next, it suggests the city split into four districts, with a bidding for which company operates in each.

Finally, it says the city could increase trash hauling codes, creating consistency between all 12 brands.

"I know a lot of people who are really against this," Councilwoman Kristy Fulnecky.

To each of the proposals it seemed a number of council members were opposed.

"I'm having trouble with coming out a free market system into a government run system," said Councilman Richard Ollis.

"I don't support any of this at all," Fulnecky said.

"I need to hear from the folks running these businesses. I can't imagine being told 'You can only sell tacos in this part of town.’," said Councilwoman Phyllis Ferguson. 


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