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Council to vote on hiring consultant to study Pueblo trash concerns

Council to vote on hiring consultant to study Pueblo trash

PUEBLO, Colo. - Pueblo City Council will vote Monday night whether to hire a consultant to study the city's illegal dumping problem.

"People have been complaining about trash being dumped for decades," said Council President Sandy Daff. "This is not a new problem. Let's come up with a new solution to fix it."

The estimated cost to hire a consultant is about $50,000. It would be paid for through a user fee collected at the landfill. But the proposed ordinance isn't supported by some trash haulers.

"The problem I have with it at this point is that I think it's putting the cart before the horse," said Becky Cortese, owner of C & C Disposal.

Cortese believes the city is inflating the size and cost of the illegal dumping problem. She wants council to set the record straight before hiring anyone to study a problem she doesn't believe exists.

"The illegal dumping problem that we have here is not anything like it was in 2008 and 2009 when our landfill closed."

Daff disagrees, citing the trash she sees on the south side of Pueblo, in Bessmer. She supports hiring a consultant.

"Let's get someone from the outside, someone who may have best practices that they've seen from other cities and can take a hard look at the history of our community," Daff said.

Council will cast a final vote on the ordinance during Monday's council meeting that starts at 7 p.m. in city chambers.

Earlier this year, council proposed requiring that all trash companies offer curbside recycling. Council tossed that idea after widespread criticism from trash haulers.

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