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November 25, 2011
City's garbage deal up for approval on Tuesday. Does it stink?

The city's controversial garbage contract is going to the City Council on Tuesday.

City staff is scheduled to recommend the transfer of the waste disposal and recycling contracts from BLT Enterprises to USA Waste of California, also known as Waste Management. The move is required to finalize the sale of the recycling and transfer station in south Sacramento from BLT to Waste Management.

Under the new deal, Waste Management has agreed to begin taking city trash to the Kiefer Landfill within the next few months, ending a years-long agreement that had led to city trash getting shipped daily to Nevada. That move will "reduce greenhouse gases, conserve fuel and reduce traffic congestion," according to a city press release.

City Manager John Shirey also said that BLT will give the city $2.1 million "for the purpose of stabilizing and mitigating future customer rate increases."

That doesn't mean the new agreement will be approved without some resistance.

Some have criticized the fact that the waste contract is 20 years and that the price the city is paying per ton for disposal of its trash is the highest in the region. At this point, however, there seems to be little city officials can do about the contract, which was agreed upon last year.

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Ryan Lillis has covered the city of Sacramento, its 108 neighborhoods and its politicians since 2008. Prior to that, he covered crime at The Bee. A native of upstate New York, Lillis has a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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