Jackson Changes Garbage Ordinance

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

As Erik Skidmore told the Jackson City Council, Tuesday night, hauling trash is how he earns his living.

"Probably 80 percent of my company is within the city limits," he said.

With a 5-2 approval by the council, Skidmore, and other independent haulers will have to look elsewhere.

"I've been born and raised in Jackson, Michigan and basically, I've just been stripped of my livelihood," said Skidmore.

It's part of a change to the city's garbage ordinance. Now, instead of having multiple companies hauling trash, the lowest-bidding company will be given a contract for the whole city.

Councilman Derek Dobies, who voted in favor of the change, says the ordinance will streamline trash hauling for roughly 12,000 homes.

As for those worried about their jobs...

"There's no local hauler that's able to satisfy all those accounts, so whoever gets the winning bid will likely have a chance to work with those different haulers that didn't get the bid," said Dobies.

However, there's another concern from those who take care of their own trash. Starting November 1, the ordinance will require everyone in the city to go through the selected hauler.

"Right now, going to the incinerator, I pay $8-10 a month, at the most," said Amanda Smock, who is worried about paying more for trash services. "We're just going to have another bill."

On the other hand, Dobies says many people who don't use a service are also dirtying the city by leaving their trash in vacant lots. He hopes the ordinance takes care of that.

"We have to clean up our city," he said.

Jackson City Manager, Patrick Burtch, says the single-hauler system should lower overall pickup fees, saving residents up to $1.8 million.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 13, 2013 at 05:59 PM
    This is not right but it is the city of jackson and they do not care. They decide what everyone needs or is going to get and that is final. This city is slowly turning in a dictator run city and it won't be long and they will control everything we do. This is just one more step towards there complete control.
  • by Linda Richardson Location: Jackson on Mar 13, 2013 at 01:42 PM
    Trash Hauling, right now we pay $15. a month and get our recycling done too. Is this fair to put these guys out of business? They are making a living when there are no other jobs for them, These are Family men. Shouldn't the people be allowed to Vote on this? and what is it going to cost each one of us. and won't this be a MONOPOLY for some lucky business. NOT FAIR
  • by Whitney Location: Jackson on Mar 13, 2013 at 12:03 PM
    What is the city going to do next to rob residents for money? I'm moving.
  • by Jack Location: Michigan on Mar 13, 2013 at 04:50 AM
    Another government sanction monopoly, how cute.
  • by Elaine Location: Location on Mar 13, 2013 at 02:24 AM
    I don't agree with this decision. It doesn't effect me because I live outside the city limits. I can understand some of the reasons; but it should be up to the individual to decide who they want to do business with. What about those people that go to Florida for extended periods during the winter. My mother-in-law spends 5 months in Florida over the winter months but I am sure she will have to pay for trash removal that doesn't exist.
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