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Two California Cities Enter Tolling Agreement Over Garden City Waste Collection Contract

San Jose is claiming that the City of Milpitas did not do its due diligence in assessing the environmental impacts of how Garden City would transport the waste to landfill.

After receiving a large amount of odor complaints about the Newby Island Landfill, the City of Milpitas, Calif., selected Garden City Sanitation Inc. as its new hauler last year, replacing longtime collector Republic Services.

That decision sparked an outrage from the City of San Jose, which had tried to delay the decision of awarding a new contract until Milpitas assessed the environmental impacts that would come along with the new contract.

Now, the Cities of Milpitas and San Jose are entering a tolling agreement, which will extend the deadline for San Jose to file a lawsuit over Milpitas’ decision to award Garden City Sanitation Inc. with a solid waste collection contract.

San Jose is claiming that the City of Milpitas did not do its due diligence in assessing the environmental impacts of how Garden City would transport the waste to the Guadalupe Recycling and Disposal Facility.

The Mercury News has more:

Milpitas and City of San Jose have agreed to a tolling agreement, which would extend the deadline for San Jose to file a lawsuit over Milpitas’ decision to award a solid waste collection contract to Garden City Sanitation Inc., and give the two cities time to reach a resolution.

San Jose officials say Milpitas did not do its due diligence in assessing how sending its garbage to the Guadalupe Recycling and Disposal Facility in South San Jose will impact the environment. The San Jose City Attorney’s Office issued three letters between September and November, asking that Milpitas delay awarding the collection contract until environmental impacts including noise and traffic were formally known.

Read the full story here.

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