Ron Bergeron Wants to Be Your Garbage Man
Some handy-dandy lobbying materials (click to enlarge)
It's a strange battle that pitches Ron Bergeron as the underdog, but there's nothing that isn't strange about trash in South Florida. Debates about what to do with the stuff have raged for decades, and the main player has been Wayne Huizenga's mutant offspring, Wheelabrator Technologies, which does trash hauling for most of Broward County.
Wheelabrator has since the 1980s held a lock on trash disposal in 80 percent of Broward cities with a contract that is due to expire in July 2013.Wanting to continue its monopoly, the company two years ago offered a no-bid deal that would have extended its control of the disposal business through at least 2023. But a number of cities, including Fort Lauderdale and Miramar rejected the deal as insufficient and anti-competitive, and the county commission ultimately did, too.The failure of the deal dealt a heavy blow to Broward's Resource Recovery Board, which has pushed hard for it.
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