Debate over waste ordinance outrages both sides
A battle over a trash ordinance livened up the County Commission meeting on Tuesday. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Private waste haulers are sounding off against Republic Services. They claim the trash and recycling giant is trying to put them out of business. Republic Services accuses the haulers of trying to take the company's market share.
Both sides appeared before the Clark County Commission on Tuesday.
The private waste haulers wanted a change in a county ordinance that would define waste the same way the Southern Nevada Health District does. Republic Services wanted an amendment that defined construction waste.
Private waste hauler Chris Darling said Republic's amendment would put him out of business. Darling said, "If they're able to control what material is picked up, and only at construction sites where there is either a demolition or building permit, then they have all the private work in town."
Republic Services president Bob Coyle countered, "What small haulers are trying to do is go into the solid waste market and call it construction. And so, all we're trying to do is clarify construction waste comes from a construction site. It's that simple."
There was so much confusion over the proposed change, County Commissioners ordered both sides to sit down with county and health district staff, and bring the item back for a vote at at later time.