Aaron Sanderford

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Aaron covers political news for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @asanderford. Phone: 402-444-1135.

The mayor forwarded four bids to the City Council — two from FCC and two from West Central Sanitation. Council members, and not the mayor, will decide the number of carts that residents get — two or three — and whether yard waste is taken to the dump or composted.

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James, the study shows about the same number of accidents as similarly situated roads. I can try to hunt down the accident rate if you'd like.

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Matt, I checked with the city. There was no option to stay with the status quo. They say waste companies wouldn't bid on the contract without the automatic arms and new carts.

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Here's the text of the ban: https://www.omaha.com/proposed-plastic-bag-ban-ordinance/pdf_7a03be79-a9a0-59ae-96ec-3f28808c5499.html

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I'll work to get the text posted.

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No. This is a ban. The fee one was proposed last year.

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Matt, there's a state law that requires Omaha to do this. It would have to be changed. From what we have been told, the status quo would've been much more expensive than the jump they're already facing. But I'll double check.

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Ester, here is the survey the city did: https://wasteline.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/srvy_data.pdf

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Thanks for chiming in, folks. If you'd like to talk to a World-Herald reporter about what you think about the contract, reach out. My email is asanderford@owh.com. We're interested in people who like the idea and people who don't. Let's talk trash.

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We asked. They say they're going to roll it out but wouldn't explain. We'll press them for answers.

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Jackie, your idea for a total tax taking for Douglas County/Omaha residents is intriguing. MIght be hard to report and write. But could be interesting. This is the first I'd heard of it. Thanks for the suggestion.