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Illinois nanny city now requiring $50 trash cans
Fox News ^ | 9-11-13 | watchdog.org

Posted on 09/11/2013 10:18:50 AM PDT by IL Republican

The City of Bloomington, which thinks it knows how to run taxi cabs and when you should mow your lawn, now knows better than you how big your trash can should be.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/09/11/illinois-nanny-city-now-requiring-50-trash-cans/?test=latestnews#ixzz2ebbrWW8V

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I live in Normal, which is right next door. We have mandatory trash cans as well, but our dear leaders bought ours for us!
1 posted on 09/11/2013 10:18:50 AM PDT by IL Republican
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To: IL Republican

Simple solution, only have your neighbor sign up for the service, and pay him under the table, enough people do this and the beast will be starved!


2 posted on 09/11/2013 10:24:30 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: IL Republican

With your tax money sucka


3 posted on 09/11/2013 10:24:32 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: IL Republican

“The city looked at best practices and safe work conditions for the employees and made the choice to go with (automated collections),”

Wow sounds like SEIU was involved in this...

Can’t have the trash men working for a living...


4 posted on 09/11/2013 10:25:32 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG

That’s what my neighbor does.

The cost of the big trash cans are included in our monthly bills. Been that way for more than a decade.


5 posted on 09/11/2013 10:29:40 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: GraceG
“The city looked at best practices and safe work conditions for the employees and made the choice to go with (automated collections),”

Wow sounds like SEIU was involved in this...

Can’t have the trash men working for a living...

The Cancer that is Chicago is metastasizing downstate!!

6 posted on 09/11/2013 10:30:04 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: IL Republican
We have mandatory trash cans as well, but our dear leaders bought ours for us!

Your tax dollars going for trash cans supplied by some offshoot of the Soprano crew at 6000% markup, to be laundered right back into Your Local Democrat Party. What a scam!


7 posted on 09/11/2013 10:34:11 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: IL Republican

Good thing Henry Blake isn’t around to see this.


8 posted on 09/11/2013 10:37:13 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: GraceG
Can’t have the trash men working for a living...

There was an infamous City Council meeting here in Pittsburgh years ago that was telecast live on cable. The head of the trash collectors' union was arguing for this same thing. He cited one of his members, who was on disability with a bad back. He said the job had "destroyed his marriage by ruining his sex life". When pressed to explain by a member of Council he became agitated and shot back, "Because when your back goes out, you don't f***!"

Must See TV remembered by many Pittsburghers all these years later.


9 posted on 09/11/2013 10:37:55 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: IL Republican
Since modern trash-collection trucks use an hydraulic arm to lift and dump trash bins into them--which therefore have to be a uniform, large size (usually with wheels), this is kind of a non-story. Since this dumpster-style trash collection is superior in nearly all ways--safer, faster, fewer employees, one large trash can in stead of several, it's got wheels so anyone can take the trash out......practically all municipalities around the country are using it.

Getting people to directly pay for their bins too, isn't a bad idea--as I bet fewer bins are damaged or abused that way.....

Public sanitation including trash collection is one legitimate area of government--not constituting a "nanny state."

Now in Charlotte, NC, there WAS a program (quashed due to public outcry) that put a computer chip into recycling bins...in order to monitor if they were being used.... Now THAT for sure is different....and DEFINITELY nanny-statism, and in fact totalitarian.

Just shows how easily something as basic and normal as trash-collection can become--in the wrong government hands...totalitarian and tyrannical.

10 posted on 09/11/2013 10:42:08 AM PDT by AnalogReigns (because the real world is not digital...)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I’d be willing to bet that communities that give residents “free” trash bins (such as my own) pay a LOT more than $50 a piece for them....with that profit going into political favorites’ pockets.

Actually $50 for a large wheeled trash bin would have to be a wholesale price, as I’m sure retail is much pricier than that.


11 posted on 09/11/2013 10:46:29 AM PDT by AnalogReigns (because the real world is not digital...)
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To: IL Republican
I live in Normal, which is right next door. We have mandatory trash cans as well, but our dear leaders bought ours for us!

Did they take second jobs waiting tables and delivering newspapers? Cause if the used taxpayer money, you were forced to pay for them, for yourself and everyone else.

12 posted on 09/11/2013 10:52:00 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

We have them in my city, provided by the sanitation department, which retains ownership. I’ll say this—they have a life expectancy, and eventually the claws on the trucks, yanking them up and down, combined with weathering, do cause damage. Lid hinges break, plastic cracks, wheels fall off. I fill out a from online and a week or two later a van comes, takes the broken one and drops off a new one. No additional charge.


13 posted on 09/11/2013 11:06:40 AM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: AnalogReigns

Yeah, these bins are everywhere, I don’t see how this is news. I guess to people who live in rural areas, it seems unusual, but just about everywhere else, it is par for the course.


14 posted on 09/11/2013 11:08:30 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: IL Republican

Fayetteville, NC has similar service. Uniform Trash, Lawn Waste and Recycle bins. Replaced by the city when broken.

The only sore point is the recycle bins are half as large as the trash and lawn waste bins. If you want the larger size you have to buy it.

Which means once the recycle bin is full all the rest of the recycle goes into the trash bin. Oh, well.


15 posted on 09/11/2013 11:14:27 AM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: AnalogReigns
Since modern trash-collection trucks use an hydraulic arm to lift and dump trash bins into them--which therefore have to be a uniform, large size (usually with wheels), this is kind of a non-story. Since this dumpster-style trash collection is superior in nearly all ways--safer, faster, fewer employees, one large trash can in stead of several, it's got wheels so anyone can take the trash out......practically all municipalities around the country are using it.

It's also fantastic for vermin control. My city put this system in place more than a decade ago, and it's worked well. The initial receptacle is paid for by the city; if you want extra ones you pay for them yourself.

16 posted on 09/11/2013 11:14:54 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: GraceG
Read the article. The city manager is trying to cut costs and had considered privatizing trash collection. The union objected to that and the city council caved, so now they're doing this, which will cut the number of drivers needed, since a truck only requires one and he doesn't need to ever get out, saving time. Look for the union to scream.

I think the "safe working conditions" line is hiding something, too. I'll bet that the most common cause of injuries--real or not--for trash collectors is falls getting in and out of the truck. That leads to lost time and disability payments for the city.

17 posted on 09/11/2013 11:23:00 AM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: IL Republican

Usually when trash cans have to be uniform, it’s to support some form of automated pickup.

A $50 one time fee is probably a lot better than bumping your service $5/month and 3 years later you could have bought 3 trashcans.


18 posted on 09/11/2013 11:23:48 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Boogieman

” I guess to people who live in rural areas, it seems unusual...” There’s a lot of stuff I find unusual that city folk accept and put up with. Ever since they put the damper on emptying chamber pots along the street things have gone down hill.


19 posted on 09/11/2013 11:24:32 AM PDT by WinMod70
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To: IL Republican

We in Annapolis, Maryland all have the same exact trash cans but they give them to us. We don’t pay for them (except through property taxes I guess).


20 posted on 09/11/2013 11:34:48 AM PDT by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep
Politicians. Supply contracts. Garbage.

Those three things do not exist all together in the same time and space unless La Cosa Nostra is involved.


21 posted on 09/11/2013 12:27:21 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Bloomington, Illinois. I have. I have family there and can say pretty definitively that the mafia is not a factor there.


22 posted on 09/11/2013 12:31:48 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Hmmm, so municiple trash collection always means the Mafia is involved?

You MUST live in a Blue state.....


23 posted on 09/11/2013 1:23:12 PM PDT by AnalogReigns (because the real world is not digital...)
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To: AnalogReigns

Usually mob involvement in trash collection comes from their control of private companies getting contracts, and not from government agencies doing their own collecting.


24 posted on 09/11/2013 2:07:19 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: AnalogReigns
Public sanitation including trash collection is one legitimate area of government--not constituting a "nanny state."

I disagree. Private companies can do this just fine, if one chooses, and burning works quite well also for those not in democratic hell holes (e.g. urban areas). I live in a very rural area, on eleven acres, and have not had trash collection for years and get along just fine with a large masonary burn pit made from chiseled field stones that I made myself. I do not need nanny staters imposing their life choices and "necessary" government functions on me.

25 posted on 09/11/2013 2:14:29 PM PDT by LambSlave
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To: Don Corleone; GraceG

The purpose of Govt is not to provide make-work jobs for garbage men. A Garbage truck with just one driver and an automated arm to grab the trash can is a much cheaper solution to garbage pick-up than having a driver with several guys hanging off the back of the truck doing it by hand.


26 posted on 09/11/2013 2:25:15 PM PDT by Tea Party Terrorist (Why work for a living when you can vote for a living?)
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To: AnalogReigns
Getting people to directly pay for their bins too, isn't a bad idea--as I bet fewer bins are damaged or abused that way.....

??? I got my roll-up trash bins for free. Why should I pay for them?

Public sanitation including trash collection is one legitimate area of government--not constituting a "nanny state."

Again, why?

I pay $42 a quarter (hasn't gone up in 11 years, what else can you say that about?) for once-weekly trash pick-up; they take whatever's in the bin and whatever else I can stack neatly next to it. Also get a roll-up recycling bin.

If I don't get the cans to the curb early enough, they will come back by if their route still has them in the area; they've done it more than once.

And the bin is more likely to be damaged in the process of emptying than by anything the homeowners is likely to do. In fact, ours was once, and all it took was a phone call and a new bin was delivered a day or two later. The old broken one was taken away.

27 posted on 09/11/2013 2:28:32 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (There should be a whole lot more going on than throwing bleach, said one woman.)
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To: AnalogReigns
LOL, no it means the government is involved.

I'd rather deal with the Mob.

28 posted on 09/11/2013 2:29:52 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (There should be a whole lot more going on than throwing bleach, said one woman.)
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep

Those receptacles may be more efficient and cost effective, but the savings are not realized in the form or lower taxes. In addition, whenever the government “buys something for you”, the consumer is less concerned about the actual cost. Which is why medicaid freeloaders use ambulances for taxis. It’s “free”.


29 posted on 09/12/2013 3:43:21 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: IL Republican

What this article doesn’t mention is that Bloomington’s garbage crew labor force will eventually be reduced by over 60% by going with the automatic collection method. Many of these workers are in the $90,000+ annual wage/salary range. Quite a savings going from a three man crew to just one on each truck.


30 posted on 09/14/2013 12:12:46 PM PDT by prairie dog
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