Source: John Culbertson, Waste Age, May 1, 2008 12:00 PM,
Conventional Wisdom holds that we are in the midst of a slow but steady march towards privatization of municipal solid waste and recycling collection services. Several sources — most of them industry-sponsored, but also independent organizations like the Los Angeles-based Reason Foundation — have long touted the benefits of privatization, such as higher productivity, flexible compensation programs to motivate labor, dedicated focus on maintaining solid waste fleets and higher utilization of capital assets. But what are the benefits of going in the other direction? Could a city or county justify converting from a contracted collection service to public collection?