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Minnesota Judge Rules Against Citizen Efforts to Block Organized Trash Hauling

According to the judge, the City of Bloomington followed the procedures that were set by the Minnesota Waste Management Act, and the law pre-empted the group’s efforts to put the issue on the ballot.

Last week, Hennepin County, Minn., District Judge Daniel Moreno ruled against Hands Off Our Cans, a group opposed to the City of Bloomington, Minn.’s organized trash collection system that began in October 2016.

According to the judge, the City of Bloomington followed the procedures that were set by the Minnesota Waste Management Act, and the law pre-empted the group’s efforts to put the issue on the ballot.

StarTribune has more information:

A judge last week ruled for the city of Bloomington in a lawsuit filed by a group opposed to the organized trash collection system the city adopted in October.

Hennepin County District Judge Daniel Moreno ruled that Bloomington had followed procedures set by the Minnesota Waste Management Act in adopting the trash collection program, and that the law pre-empted the group’s efforts to put the issue on the ballot.

The district court ruling called the concerns of the group, Hands Off Our Cans, “primarily economic in nature” and said that it had disregarded “physical, social, environmental, and aesthetic considerations.”

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