WMI: 'We want to be good neighbors'

Friday, May 2, 2008

The committee in charge of negotiating a contract with Waste Management Inc. held its fourth meeting on Thursday, April 24. Once again, the conference room in the Courthouse Annex was packed with spectators, many of them wearing green "Stop the Landfill" tee shirts.

A concrete list of requirements had been extracted from the previous week's free-ranging discussions. Once the Waste Management representatives had been given a copy of the list and invited to sit at the big table, matters proceeded smoothly, with Robert Cheney, Waste Management's business development manager, frequently saying "not a problem," "not an issue" and "probably fine."

Cheney balked at a $100,000 donation to recycling and at $250,000 for a recycling baler, saying "we view that as a duplication of services" since Waste Management has promised to recycle everything possible from the trash it collects in Marshall County.

See Friday's Tribune for the complete story.