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Omaha, Neb., City Council Nixes Proposed Trash Contract

Council members denied the request, saying residents have asked for a contract that separates yard waste and recognizes its environmental benefit.

The Omaha, Neb., City Council rejected Mayor Jean Stothert’s trash contract “compromise” on June 4, as council members still had too many unanswered questions and too many residents were still unhappy with the multimillion-dollar bid.

According to a KETV ABC 7 report, the mayor’s compromise included setting aside six weeks in spring and six weeks in fall to allow unlimited curbside yard waste pickup, while keeping a sticker program year-round. But the City Council expressed concern over the limited time frame, adding that the mayor’s compromise would only allow trucks to collect yard waste on Saturdays.

In a 6 to 1 vote, the council denied the request to hire FCC Environmental, noting that residents have asked for a contract that separates yard waste and recognizes its environmental benefit, according to the report.

KETV ABC 7 has more details:

The Omaha City Council struck down a multimillion dollar trash bid Tuesday.

Backlash from concerned citizens forced Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert to draft a compromise, but city council members said it wasn't enough.

Even though Stothert appeared in person and reiterated her compromise to the council, members said they still had too many unanswered questions, and too many citizens are still unhappy with FCC Environmental's bid.

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