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TACOMA: City, not TPU, manages garbage pickup

Letter by Chris Gleason, Tacoma on Oct. 15, 2012 at 1:12 pm with No Comments »
October 16, 2012 9:43 am

Re: “Why aren’t garbage rates going down?” (letter, 1-14).

The writer is misinformed about who operates the solid waste utility. Tacoma Public Utilities Director Bill Gaines manages Tacoma Power, Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail. He does not manage Environmental Services utilities, which include garbage, wastewater and surface water services.

Because customers receive bills from Tacoma Public Utilities for their electricity, water, garbage, wastewater and surface water, it can be confusing about who operates what utilities.

Environmental Services is run by Tacoma’s General Government, which is managed by City Manager T.C. Broadnax. Questions and concerns about garbage rates should be directed to him.

(Gleason is a TPU spokesperson.)

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