American Waste's aggressive marketing campaign is just shameful. AW why don't you give us a good price deal instead of sending us junk in the mail that we don't need and lobbying the city commission. You make me sick!'
I don't get why some people in the city are only paying $10 a month while others in the city only have the option of $20 a month for the same service. Isn't price discrimination illegal???? Obviously these haulers are not treating some of us fairly, we're basically paying for the breaks you special others are getting. WTF! The city should cap the price too.
I support a single hauler, and choosing the one that will recycle the most and puts the smallest portion into the landfill -- American Waste. And they're a local company who will be creating new jobs at their MRF recycling plant here in TC that they are currently building in a building on Hughes Dr..
Let stop pounding the streets and alleys with three sets of trucks with all their noise.
just one more reason we've chosen to move into TC.:
reducing city sensors on residents' ears, feet, & wallets makes sound sense & rewarding a community spirited, locally owned company like American Waste would be my newcomer's vote.
Congrats for choosing such a logical alternative to these endlessly arriving/departing trucks in our slabtown area!
Holiday Hills started the "trash hauler bidding" 2 yrs ago. Reducing to 1 carrier makes neighborhoods safer, reduces stress on roads, and increases home values. When bidding our job (259 homes), only 1 of the 3 companies took the time to personally stop by to discuss the bid, drop off the bid, and follow up with me - American. While the others bid, American provided excellent customer service. Also, as our switch was voluntary, 90% switched for the right reasons. Unfortunately, 10% chose not to & have kept our neighborhood from feeling the true benefits of one hauler.
'American Waste has been an outstanding, LOCALLY owned employer & their employees rave about them. They always put family first & really help their employees. FINALLY, do u know how much of our waste they recycle? it's something like this: for the 9 LARGE bins of waste (before sorting/recycling)that would go straight to the landfill, A. Waste recycles all our waste and only send 3 large bins to the landfill. What a champion for going green! This local company truly cares for our community. They support many community activities and functions. My vote would be for American Waste
If Traverse City picks one trash hauler then what happens to the business of the other companies. Are people going to lose jobs? I suggest focusing on efficient recycling efforts. This would create recycling jobs and a greener community. I like the idea of only one truck running around my streets, but not at the cost of losing more jobs.
In these difficult economic times, we as a community has to pull together to ensure our money is spent wisely and our rights as citizens are protected. This is through public input. Get involved.
I agree with #6, I have trash and recycling pickup and pay $5.85/week. What are the 'added' services we would be receiving?
I pose the question, which of those companies pay their employees a "living" wage. That should be the goal in community where substandard wages are the norm for the working class who in my opinion are the foundation of any community.
i am currently choosing waste management,even though they charge a bit more, because of their community generosity. i think we need to take that into consideration.
If Traverse City selects only 1 waste / recycling hauler - what happens to Garfield Township and Long Lake Township, etc? How does this impact the rest of Grand Traverse County? Do we in the townships loose our waste hauler choices due to the choices made by the local government in Traverse City?
Agree w/Comments #3 & #5! In the late 1800's "we the people" suffered as a result of monopolies. In this case, is the City of TC effectively creating a monopoly? What happens to the other 2 businesses during the 5-year term of the City contract? We live in the land of the free. Let "we the people" continue to make our own decisions and allow a free market economy reign.
How is this arrangement less expensive? We live just outside of the city limits in Garfield township and only pay $36./3mo. That includes one
large trash bin and curbside recycling. How is $10.54/wk less expensive?
If Traverse City has just one Waste/recycling
hauler would that include Garfield township?
IMPORTANT NOTE: THESE FEES FROM THE THREE BIDDERS ARE MONTHLY CHARGES, NOT WEEKLY CHARGES. WE HAVE CORRECTED THIS IN THE STORY ON THE WEB SITE. SORRY FOR ANY MISUNDERSTANDING. -- THE TICKER
Why not split the county,not just the city, into three districts, and give each of the companies a district? Awarding T C to only one company might bring law suits and it will put two companies out of business except as the winner buys equipment from the loosers to do the job.
it will cost me more as I am currently paying $10 per month but do support 1 hauler and it but it should be for the whole county not just the City
If a particular neighborhood is concerned about garbage truck traffic or rates, they should gather together and use their collective buying power to negotiate better rates and days of service. It is not up to local governments to decide who gets business and who does not. As a business owner, I feel for the companies that have made investments and provided good service, only to be adversely affected by a committee's decision. Allow the free market to work. Competition provides creative solutions that will ultimately provide the best price and service in the end....allow free markets to reign.
We also live in the slab town area and only pay $10.00 a month for trash and recycling. Why would I support a decision that could cost my family an additional $400.00?
The upside to this is more efficient energy use, less wear and tear on roads, lower costs, and less noise. I live in a VERY small subdivision in Long Lake Township and am amazed at the number of garbage trucks that go past our house. In fact on Thursdays, one American Waste truck drives by in the morning and another in the afternoon. The subdivision is U-shaped, so the trucks aren't passing through on their way to another location, the same company has multiple routes on our street. I'd like to see the option of a single waste hauler explored for all of Grand Traverse County.
Currently, I pay $10 per month thanks to the Slab Town efforts last year in getting better rates for having the majority of residents use one hauler.
Of interest to me, not only does this price (awarded to a smaller community) beat the City's rate but it still offers residents a CHOICE.
We pay $120.00 a year which includes recycling so how am I saving $90.00 to $100.00 a year if it's going to cost me $480.00 a year. That's an increase of $360.00 a year, not a savings. Sounds like typical government talk. I do agree that a single hauler would save energy and resources. When the city and Mac discontinued and privileged waste hauling they told us then it would be better for the city. Seems to me they caused the problem with 4 haulers in town and now are telling us again this will be better and cheaper. Hench, I don't believe a word they tell us. I agree with comments 3 & 5.
We have American and are very satisfied...As a local business owner we think it is important to support local business...I am very willing to pay a few cents more to help my neighbor business succeed...are you?
I prefer to pick my own vendors.
I agree about recycling. I paid almost $3K in taxes last year, but I did not pay a penny for waste hauling.
Once a month I take recycling to the center on LaFranier, which the county intends to close?