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Privatize city trash collection

I'm sure prior city administrators have looked into the feasibility of privatizing our trash collection within Baltimore City, or have they? ("Putting on the red ink," Feb. 20.) This has been a very successful venture in Baltimore County for over 40 years. Think about the elimination of sanitation employees, their pensions, benefits, salaries, trash trucks as well as other equipment, mechanics and maintenance employees.

The bulk trash collection as well as the landfill operations would still be ours — or could those functions be privatized also? Take a look at the residency status of the current employees of this agency, and without knowing, I can almost assure that more than 75 percent of them are city residents.

That's why the current, future as well as past administrations that dearly needed their votes chose not to privatize the sanitation department. But it also begs a question: So how much can we save here?

Chris K.

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