City of Austin Garbage Pickup Rates Unfair

RECEIVED Mon., Oct. 12, 2009

Dear Editor,
    The city of Austin recently tried to sell recyclables and pay for the new blue bins with the profits. It was supposed to be a win-win. But after the recyclables market dropped out and after the city had already distributed the blue bins, our garbage collection rates went up (mine from $18 a month to $24 a month). This was said to be a “cost increase” but not attributed to the blue bins.
    I find it odd that as a very low-waste household, I will go sometimes three weeks without putting my garbage can out, but if I have just a sliver hanging out the top, they ding me for “over waste,” all the while charging me full price for the month in addition to that ding.
Michael Wyborny
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