House environment committee hears a bill against trash monopoly program
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House environment committee hears a bill against trash monopoly program

Date: April 8, 2008
By: Suvro Banerji
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 2443

Intro: The House Special Committee on Energy and Environment heard a bill that would prohibit St. Louis county's attempt to establish trash monopoly program in its unincorporated areas. Suvro Banerji (SUE-vro BAN-er-gee) has more from the State Capitol.  RunTime:1:04
OutCue: SOC

Citizens of unincorporated areas of St Louis County will have the right to choose the trash hauler under a bill being heard at the House Special Committee on Energy and Environment.

John Campisi, Councilman from St Louis County, testified at the hearing that the new bill will allow households to contract with trash haulers for recycling and bulk pickup on an as needed basis just as was done before the monopoly program.

 

Actuality:  CAMP1.WAV
Run Time: 00:28
Description: "We have a Waste Management Code that is unfair, violates against all good reasoning, is unconstitutional and a detriment to good business practices. It financially penalizes those than can least afford it by requiring them to pay for recycling service that they do not need because of the little amount of recyclable materials they generate."
 

The Department of Health of St Louis County said the bill will invite too many trash trucks on the roads resulting in excessive traffic and potholes.

From Jefferson City, this is Suvro Banerji, KMOX News.