First Choice Saint Paul is a grassroots coalition that believes residents of the City have the right to choose their garbage hauler and level of service. We object to City appointees efforts to create a government-run, one-size-fits “solution” for every home dictating costs and service levels arrangements. The Consumers of Saint Paul should have the first choice to pick their hauler and type of service that fits their needs.
FCSP is made up of people who live and work in Saint Paul along with garbage haulers – some who have been in business more than 100 years. We have joined together as one voice to make sure taxpayers and residents understand what is happening and how much it will cost us all.
Wrong idea at the wrong time.
A city take-over of garbage will put locally family owned companies out of business, people out of work, and force everyone to pay for the same services regardless of needs. We don’t think city bureaucrats should be getting between companies competing for our business and consumers more than capable of making their own decisions.
Saint Paul should be focusing its time and energy on skyrocketing skyway and gun crime, balancing the city budget, fixing rec centers, and recruiting new businesses and jobs instead of “fixing” something that already works.
A city that can’t manage its own budget or even successfully implement a recycling program should not be moving forward with a takeover of garbage that takes the choice away from homeowners, puts companies out of business and employees out of work.
A complete take over of garbage service in Saint Paul is far more complicated and not something city hall should be involved in.