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Garbage hauler trashes proposal

Andy Ouriel • Jan 12, 2014 at 12:40 PM

A local hauler trashed a proposal by local government officials who want only one refuse company to pick up trash, recyclables and yard waste in residential areas across Erie County.

“For our business and local haulers, it’s a bad thing,” said Duke Fultz, president of Clyde-based FSI Disposal, who labeled the public proposal as a monopoly on trash collection. “It will narrow competition and eliminate all the other haulers in the county as far as residential goes”

The rubbish ruckus started in late November, when officials solicited prices from companies interested in collecting curbside recycling along with trash and yard waste.    

Under the proposal, one hauler would pick up these materials in residential areas — houses, apartments, condominiums and home associations — fully situated in Erie County. This would, for instance, exclude the city of Vermilion but include Vermilion Township.

Officials contend a one-hauler system could:

• Provide more opportunities for people to recycle.

• Drive down the average quarterly price for trash removal, from $66 every three months to above $35.

• Streamline trash pickup services, including scooping all of a particular neighborhood’s trash and recyclables on one day.

“With this, you are not going to have trash on the streets of Erie County like there is now for possibly six or seven days a week,” Erie County commissioner Pat Shenigo said.

Shenigo, who oversees Erie County’s solid waste district, reiterated no one has implemented a one-hauler system. The district handles public recycling and other related services.

“I’m not saying we are going to do this” said Shenigo, who oversees area solid waste operations. “There has been absolutely no decision made one way or another as to whether we will move forward with a one-hauler system. We are just dipping our toes in the water to see if we can save Erie County residents some money and create a cleaner community”

On Monday, solid waste district coordinator Lisa Beursken plans on attending a Sandusky city commission meeting to ask elected officials for their support on this proposal.

Haulers, including Fultz, are welcome to come and speak.

Fultz could bring up a ceaseand-desist letter he sent to county officials. He’s upset because the county’s proposal has an option to include Huron’s trash and recycling in its plan. FSI Disposal exclusively serves Huron after signing a multi-year pact with city officials through 2016.

“FSI has had a written agreement in place with the city of Huron for such services, which does not expire for several years,” according to the letter the Register obtained through a public records request.

County officials said they understand that Huron would not be a part of this potential program until after their contract with FSI expires.

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