Privatization of Waste Hauling Expands Nationwide

Source: Maura Keller, American Recycler, January 2018

There’s one thing we know – it is becoming more difficult for municipalities to manage and maintain their waste facilities and fleets in a cost-effective manner. Josh Allen, chief executive officer of Global Disposal, said that many municipalities are switching from open market programs and non-exclusive franchises to exclusive franchise programs. … Moreover, responsible waste and recycling solutions often require a combination of local, regional, out-of-state and overseas solutions, which may be challenging for municipalities to manage on their own. Allen said another key component driving this change is the passage of legislation such as California’s SB 1383 (requiring 75 percent landfill diversion) which requires a more aggressive and progressive approach. … According to John Fumero, a government affairs and environmental attorney with the law firm of Nason Yeager who represents municipalities in waste hauling issues, more than half of U.S. cities contract out all or a portion of their residential waste management services, including residential waste pickup. …