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Toledo Officials Tout Public-Private Partnership in Solid Waste Collection

Leonard Gilroy
November 27, 2013, 1:40pm

I’m always on the lookout for examples of policymakers explaining how privatization helped them deliver benefits to taxpayers. Unfortunately, there are too few examples. But this great promotional video produced by Republic Services does just that, using first-hand testimony from local officials in Toledo, Ohio, where since 2011 Republic has provided solid waste management services under contract (via an agreement with Lucas County).

The video features Toledo Mayor Mike Bell, Toledo City Councilman Tom Waniewski, and several other local officials and city department heads discussing the rationale and benefits of their solid waste contract, covering residential trash and recycling collection. Key points from the video include:

Mayor Bell concludes that “for us, it was a perfect fit,” noting that the key is, “realizing what is best for the taxpayers that you’ve been voted in to represent.”

For more on solid waste contracting, see Reason’s recycling and waste research archive here.


Leonard Gilroy is Director of Government Reform


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