Privatization Of Municipal Solid Waste

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The privatization of municipal solid waste is a process by which municipalities decide to contract with private organizations for the collection and processing of societal waste. President and CEO of Brolin Enterprises which provides contracting services for pipeline maintenance, tank services, erosion control, vacs & trucking, one-call monitoring, right of way clearing, pig tracking, and emergency response believes municipalities should be more open to privatization of collection services (Begley 2011). Begley believes that communities have resisted privatization because solid waste management systems have always been considered a utility provided by the public sector (Begley 2011). He points to the economic downturn of 2008 as a major…show more content…
According to Worrell and Vesilind (2012) private service providers will claim to have greater efficiencies with less wastefulness, and more motivation for profit while public sector service providers will claim it is more cost efficient because it is a non-profit that does not pay taxes (Worrell & Vesilind 2012). Advocates of privatization such as Begley and Scott would argue that the bureaucratic restriction of easily accessible resources required to effectively manage municipal solid waste is a serious restriction which costs time and money. While proponents of public solid waste management are concerned with the potential monopolization of these systems through mergers and acquisitions which can stifle market competition (Worrell & Vesilind 2012).
By using the situation of Carrollton, Texas in 2004 as an example we can clearly recognize that solid waste management costs were reduced through privatization. According to Scott (2004) a public sector department called Carrollton Solid Waste Division (CSW) lost a competition bid for solid waste services because the department was not able to convince the committee members they would be able to compete with productivity, experience, and customer service of private sector service providers. Scott (2004) recognized that costs of service were to
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