Blum: Double the diesel, double the pollution in Breckenridge neighborhood |

Blum: Double the diesel, double the pollution in Breckenridge neighborhood

Each week many, if not most, of our neighborhoods are serviced by two or three competing trash companies. These are all good companies that have arrived at a profitable share. Each one of them driving the same streets week after week. And basically charging the same rate. As a result, thousands of unnecessary diesel truck miles are being driven each year in this county. And since most companies normally come on different days of the week, our streets are lined with trash and recycling containers on as many as three days out of seven.

Does this make sense to anyone?

The solution to this is really already known. Will this be challenging and disruptive? You bet. It involves getting the most competitive quote from these companies to service an entire town, neighborhood or street. There would be lots of calls, texts, emails, meetings, and votes. Possibly even cold canvasing and a fair amount of convincing.

But, the right people would come forward to make this happen.

To my knowledge, no one has predicted a future of less construction, manufacturing, or population growth in this country. We need to learn to manage the resources of this planet at every level.

Gregory Blum


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