Reno demands more oversight of recycling

Source: Anjeanette Damon, Reno Gazette-Journal, August 27, 2015

The Reno City Council wants more authority to keep tabs on Waste Management to determine whether the trash and recycling company is living up to its end of the lucrative franchise agreement it has with the city. The council’s decision in 2012 to give Waste Management an exclusive franchise agreement to collect residential and commercial waste in Reno has ignited a bitter legal battle between the trash company and competing recycling companies. … One central issue is whether Waste Management has fulfilled the requirement to build an Eco-Center in Reno to sort its single-stream recycling and provide other services to customers. The city allowed Waste Management to raise rates, in part, to finance the construction of the Eco-Center. According to the franchise agreement, Waste Management was required to “commence and diligently prosecute construction” of the Eco-Center by March 7. Although some work has begun on the center, it hasn’t been completed.