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Letter: Norwalk's Protesters Don't Know Facts

NORWALK, Conn. – The Daily Norwalk's story, "Trash Haulers Will Rally to Protest Privatization," offers a glimpse into how Norwalk public sanitation employees think and feel about the community privatizing this local service. The case they present against privatization though is factually inaccurate. After working 20 years for the Northeast office of the National Solid Wastes Management Association , or NSWMA, the trade association for the recycling and waste services industry, I can attest that privatization of solid waste and recycling services reduces costs, improves service and helps the environment and local economy.

With tight budgets at every level of government and the highest local property taxes in the region, municipalities are being good stewards of the public purse when they explore this privatization option. Our analysis shows that solid waste collection and management tops the list of municipal services being privatized. It is one of the most popular ways for officials to be both economically efficient and environmentally friendly.

NSWMA's privatization report may be downloaded online. I encourage anyone with an interest in this important matter to read it.

NSWMA is a trade association representing for-profit companies in North America that provide solid, hazardous and medical waste collection, recycling and disposal services, and companies that provide professional and consulting services to the waste services industry.

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