North Miami Beach votes down garbage privatization

Issue could come up before commission again

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - The North Miami Beach City Council voted late Tuesday not to privatize its garbage pickup.

The possibility of change had many people upset, including city workers worried about job cuts.

"At nights I can't sleep. Cannot sleep because I don't know when, where, what I'm gonna have to, my job, next," said Moses Eirsett, a North Miami Beach sanitation worker before the vote. "I know that they're gonna give it away. It's not fair."

About 50 city workers could have been displaced if the North Miami Beach City Council had voted to privatize the city's garbage pickup.  Those employees held a rally Tuesday afternoon before the meeting. The Waste Pro company was working to reach an agreement that would've put them in charge of the city's garage pickup.

The city workers at the rally brought a sign filled with 700 signatures of people opposed to the change.

"They're doing a fantastic job. So why would we outsource when we don't know the results," said Mary Hilton, president of the North Miami Beach Civic Association.

Waste Pro has received contracts in North Miami, Hollywood, other municipalities in the last few years.

The city could still consider a trash change in the future.

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