ECUA Board Member To Continue Crusade Against Allied Waste

May 29, 2008

Emerald Coast Utilities Authority board member Larry Walker will continue his personal crusade against Allied Waste at an ECUA board meeting this afternoon.

He is slated to present “Lid List 7″, the seventh list of defective Allied cans he has located in North Escambia. The list contains 89 addresses with defective cans.

“This information has to do with the quality of service provided, with the acquiescence of the ECUA board, by the second-largest solid-waste corporation in the world,” Walker said in a memo to be presented to the board this afternoon.

“Allied’s service to many customers, by failing to provide them with sound containers, fails to meet industry standards. Allied’s abuse of its customers has been and remains unacceptable—except to the ECUA board,” Walker wrote in the memo obtained by ” I am embarrassed by Allied’s poor service to many residents of my district, and I offer my personal apology to those residents for the ECUA board’s failure to protect them.”

The total number of addresses with defective cans presented to the board stands at 183 as of this afternoon. During that time, he said, he observed just two defective ECUA cans that were promptly replaced and none in the City of Pensacola. He also said he took a 26 mile trip through Lexington, Kentucky, over two days and spotted no defective containers.

Allied Waste holds the solid waste collection franchise until 2010 for North Escambia, except for inside the Town of Century, from ECUA. Allied does pickup trash in Century, but it is under an agreement with the town.

Walker has repeatedly called for ECUA to revoke that franchise. The board has purchased 11,000 residential waste containers and trucks to possibly take over the franchise, but it has failed to vote to do so.

Walker represents North Escambia as the District 5 representative on the ECUA board.

ECUA meets at 3:00 this afternoon in the ECUA board room, 9250 Hamman Street in the Ellyson Industrial Park in Pensacola.


One Response to “ECUA Board Member To Continue Crusade Against Allied Waste”

  1. Theresa Crabtree on January 21st, 2009 11:50 am

    mr. walker, this is the third time my garbage has not been pickup since ecua has taken over in molino. i called again today because my garbage has been sitting out on the road over a week. it seems that the truck comes up chestnut to hwy 196 and turns left towards hwy 29 and everyone to the right of hwy 196 at the corner of chestnut does NOT get their garbage pick up. yesterday i drove down the road and some of the recycling cans had been blown over and paper blowing out. that will not keep our neighbor clean. i would rather have allied waste, at least they pickup up our garbage on a regular basis. can you solve this problem for all of us on the west end of hwy 196? thanks for your time.

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