Waste Management ends residential trash service in South Tucson

Source: Matt Fernandez, KVOA, August 26, 2015

Waste Management will stop providing garbage service to around 1,300 residents in South Tucson effective September 1, 2015. A spokesperson with Waste Management said the city owes Waste Management around $300,000. South Tucson Mayor Miguel Rojas said he admits the city owes Waste Management money, but not $300,000. “They wanted us to pay for service that we were not given, or pay them for service they claimed we were supposed to pay,” said Rojas.  “I am talking vacant properties, vacant lots, and they were double booking some of the accounts, and we aren’t going to be doing that.” … The mayor said the City has a temporary solution to continue trash service. An emergency meeting is scheduled for Thursday to vote to go into an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Tucson. … Rojas said they would lease the trucks for around $4,000 a month, and it would include the bins. Their workers would drive the trucks for collection.