San Francisco Voters Reject Competitive Waste Bidding

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

June 6, 2012

1 Min Read
San Francisco Voters Reject Competitive Waste Bidding

Voters in San Francisco voted overwhelmingly to turn down a proposal to open up waste and recycling collection to competitive bidding.

It was a victory for Recology Inc., the long-time sole provider of services to the city where it is headquartered. For 80 years the city has operated a permitting system that is essentially capped. The issued was rejected by about 77 percent of the electorate.

 “This is really a testament to the relationship between Recology and the voters," said Gale Kaufman, a consultant for opponents of Proposition A, according to Recology.

The San Francisco advocacy group Keep SF Green said in a statement after the vote that it “demonstrated that there was no reason to fix something that wasn’t broken in the first place. The voters understood that this measure would have had derailed so much that is successful about the current system that has created the highest ranked recycling program in the country. “


About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

Stay in the Know - Subscribe to Our Newsletters
Join a network of more than 90,000 waste and recycling industry professionals. Get the latest news and insights straight to your inbox. Free.

You May Also Like