Fresno sees money in your garbage

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Fresno City Council will begin discussing a plan to sell the city's residential garbage service to private companies.

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The move would follow last year's sale of the commercial solid waste division. Assistant City Manager Bruce Rudd says the money generated by fees from private companies will help the city deal with a budget shortage.

Assistant City Manager Bruce Rudd said, "We're not going to go bankrupt but we do have an obligation to bondholders and other folks to explore all possibilities."

City Council Member Oliver Baines said, "I'm not convinced at this point that the franchise is the way to go with residential solid waste."

A consultant is telling the city it could collect more than $2 million a year by privatizing residential garbage service.

The city council will hear the consultant's report at their meeting on Thursday.

In the video, Action News reporter Gene Haagenson has complete coverage on the story.

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