First among equals in the mighty trash disposal cartel, Waste Management continues to shrink Oracle’s trash disposal and recycling options. A recent announcement by the corporate behemoth to cut Oracle Transfer Station hours, enforce the bagging of all trash including green waste coming on top of charging an exorbitant fee for recycling is part of a patterned slap down of local interests by WM. A savvy local resident worries that what’s really happening is a slow walked Oracle transfer station extinction event executed by W M managers.
Oracle residents don’t have a lot of spare cash laying around for trips to Catalina to recycle much less front the dollars for green waste and trash disposal there (and one of these days it may again close to Pinal County residents anyway). SCIP is already savaging local budgets with extortionate rate increases. The bottom line here is that local elected officials are asleep at the switch when Oracle’s interests are at stake. For local families and businesses, their snooze means an economic train wreck for our community. It’s our job as residents and citizens to wake them up.
Keep in mind that Pinal County has leverage in the waste disposal matter by virtue of contracts, partial land ownership, leases, zoning, etc of the waste transfer station site in Oracle… and elsewhere around the county.
By way of contrast, Pinal County officials are burning time, energy and money trying to bring Way of Bean to heal. Most of the residents I talk to around town recognize the contradiction in policy, oversight and action - different strokes for different folks here means favoring the big powers and shafting the rest of us.
No one wants to resort to one obvious solution to our waste disposal problem - dumping in the desert - but that seems to be where things are going absent Board of Supervisor’s intervention.
Since we locals agree on most things these days about what’s good for our town, perhaps it’s time Oracle residents establish a more unified public voice on these and other pressing matters.
Kaz and I moved to Oracle in 1979. The house we bought dated to the late 1940s. With little advance knowledge of the place, we set out to build a new life together, intending to settle in and raise a family.