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City losing money on trash collection

Reported by: Jamie Smith
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Updated: 8/27/2013 11:37 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Small business owners in Downtown Jacksonville received invitation letters Tuesday from the city's Solid Waste Division to address a garbage collection issue.

Jeff Foster, Chief of the Solid Waste Division, wrote in the letter that "a revenue neutral operation" is now "a revenue negative one."

"I don't know how much the city is losing. But it's not profitable. It's losing quite a bit," said City Councilman Don Redman.

Charging small businesses $46.71 per month for each city-issued can was what City Council budgeted for last year. But too many businesses pay for one can and continuously dispose of more waste than can fit into one can.

"The problem is you have more trash laying around, and it doesn't look any good for business and to Downtown," said Nathan Siva, owner of Big Pete's Pizzeria on North Julia Street.

Waste management officials now want to talk to downtown businesses about a solution. A meeting between both sides is scheduled for Friday.

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