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The rollout of Reason Foundation's Annual Privatization Report 2013 continues today with the release of the Local Government Privatization section, which which provides an overview of the latest on privatization and public-private partnerships in local government.
Subsection of Annual Privatization Report 2013: Local Government PrivatizationMay 6, 2013
This subsection of Reason Foundation's Annual Privatization Report 2013: Local Government Privatization reviews solid waste collection privatization and public-private partnerships.
The public works director in Norwalk, Connecticut is making a case for privatization of waste collection, estimating savings of over $1.2 million in the first two years.
On the front page of today’s Daily Camera is a story about how the Boulder, Colorado City Council is weighing banning or taxing plastic and paper bags. Moves like this appeal to policymakers during economic downturns because it’s easier to kick the can down the road than make difficult budget decisions.
California lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban polystyrene containers used by food vendors to serve takeout meals by 2016. The bill, Senate Bill 568, is cruising through the legislature and appears likely to become law this fall. According to the The Sacramento Bee, more than 50 cities and counties in the Golden State already have similar laws in place, but if SB 568 passes it would be the first statewide ban of polystyrene in the U.S.
Local Government Privatization Chapter of Annual Privatization Report 2010February 23, 2011
- Privatization of municipal parking assets,
- Georgia's evolving contract cities,
- Zoo privatization in Dallas and Tulsa,
- Privatization of public libraries in California,
- Market-based land development in Houston,
- Updates on privatization in public safety, solid waste/recycling and animal shelter operation,
- Privatization updates from Chicago, San Diego and Milwaukee County and more.
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Subsection of Annual Privatization Report 2013: Local Government Privatization
May 6, 2013
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Ignore the junk science and follow the facts.
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Paper vs. plastic debate shows how good environmental intentions coupled with bad information lead us astray
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- Recycling Law Needs to be Thrown Out
California's plastic bag bill
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- Future of Waste Technology
Market forces drive changes
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- Industrial Ecology on the Horizon
The search for waste reductions
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- E-Waste Politics
Users should decide how to discard products
October 4, 2000
- Garbage Mess: Private Sector is Cleaning Up
Private landfill management grows
September 12, 2000
- Diversion and Consolidation
Predictions of future waste management efforts
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- Landfill Challenges and Environmental Justice
Landfills will face high hurdles
March 6, 2000
- Waste Minimization, Resource Conservation, and Environmental Progress
Voluntary models of shared responsibility
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- Green Hand of Progress
Recycling often encourages inefficient resource use
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- Recycling Yes, Mandates No
Mandates are wrongheaded
September 5, 1997
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