Alaska regulators seek input on garbage collection industry

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Regulatory Commission of Alaska is considering changes to rules governing the state’s trash companies.

The Anchorage Daily News reported Monday that the commission has opened a public comment period on questions related to garbage collection, with comments due by Dec. 5.

The request for input follows a 2018 complaint filed against Alaska Waste by competing trash service BlueArctic.

The complaint says Alaska Waste unfairly lowered rates for prospective BlueArctic customers while leaving rates untouched for others.

Regulators found the complaint groundless. The general manager of BlueArctic declined to comment.

Some Alaska trash companies say deregulation could make it easier for new companies to open, creating competition that could drive down garbage rates.

Others say deregulation could increase the risk of predatory action by larger companies, reducing competition.

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Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com

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