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Former city financial analyst Peter Butler is suing St. Paul, Minnesota over the pricing structure for the new organized trash collection system that will go into effect on October 1, according to the Star Tribune and others.
Butler claims that the four available options will significantly discount service for residents who generate the most waste on a per-gallon, per-collection basis. He estimates the smallest trash collection option costs 27 cents per gallon, whereas the largest costs only 8 cents per gallon.
In his view, this violates Minnesota’s Waste Management Act, which sets goals for reducing waste and increasing recycling.