historymike posted at 12:39:10 PM on Jan 08, 2014:
Republic is a private corporation that has a monopoly to collect trash in the city of Toledo. You are splitting hairs over what "private" means. As I mentioned above, I completely agree that a city-negotiated contract with a private corporation is not really a free market scenario, since I - as a customer - do not have the freedom to switch providers.
However, getting back to the original point, Republic makes its own decisions on this. There is no way a timid Republic manager picked up the phone and called the city to check if it was OK to screw over Monday customers a full week to stay on schedule. If you want to blame anyone, I might buy the argument that the union contract with the Teamsters probably has high rates for Sunday pay, but it still comes down to Republic deciding for itself the best way to maximize its profitability.
It wasn't free market when the city provided the services either; you as a customer didn't have the freedom to switch providers unless you wanted to pay to do so.
I disagree that Republic makes their own decisions on this; Republic looks at their contract with the county for what level of service is required. And they provide that level. If the city via the county wanted a higher level of service, than they could have contracted for that - but that would have cost more money. And the city didn't want to spend money they wanted to save money.
If the city contracted for weekly pickup regardless, than the city would call Republic and make it happen. But the city didn't.
So place the blame for the lack of pickup where it belongs - with the city. If enough people complain, than the city will pick up the phone and call the county and tell them they will pay more for the level of service their citizens are demanding. And the county can call Republic and make arrangements to pay the extra money that it will cost.
I guarantee you, that if the contract says Republic MUST pick up trash at every household every week, than that is what Republic would do. But if that is not in the contract, that is not the level of service the city of Toledo wanted (or demanded) and therefore Republic doesn't have to provide what the city isn't paying for.