St. Paul Resident In Court to Fight City Garbage Plan

August 27, 2018 07:00 PM

A garbage battle in St. Paul rolled into a Ramsey County courtroom Monday.


A St. Paul homeowner filed the lawsuit back in May, saying the pricing of the service goes against state law. 

RELATED: Man Sues City of St. Paul Over Trash Collection Pricing 

Peter Butler thinks the plan makes it cheaper for people to throw out more. Butler says he crunched the numbers and found that the smallest garbage can costs roughly $.27 per gallon, while the cost for the largest can drop to $.8 per gallon.

Butler believes that pricing goes against the state's Waste Management Act, which essentially says the more garbage you throw away, the more you pay. 

In court, the judge said he will look at all evidence and then make a ruling, but he didn't give a timetable.

"I'm going to fight on," Butler said. "If you're throwing out more than the average household, you should pay more than the average household and there should not be volume discounts in garbage removal."  

St. Paul's new garbage plan is expected to start in October.  


Joe Mazan

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