"That Would Be Morally Wrong"

By: Jim Siedlecki Email
By: Jim Siedlecki Email

Our GPS device and monitoring provided by: csinationwide.com

It's not like we haven't seen it before. Two years ago we caught a Bellevue company dumping trash and recycling into the same truck before heading for the landfill. Is it still happening?

Dale Gubbels from First Star Fiber in Omaha handles a lot of the service contracts with sanitation companies around the metro and allowed us to camp out for a while to see which companies showed up.

In a little over an hour trucks from Abe's, Dale's and Papillion Sanitation arrived. We also monitored a small company, Gretna Sanitation and a large company - Deffenbaugh.

Gretna Sanitation President Ken Harpenau insists he wouldn't be able to attract new business if they didn't offer the service. "When people call about becoming a new customer it's the first question they ask, if we offer recycling," said Harpenau.

They do offer the service and don't charge for it. We saw Ken's truck at the First Star plant later that afternoon.

For Deffenbaugh, the company that has the City of Omaha contract, we used a GPS device provided by Complete Security Investigations. It indicated that the container we used ended up at the recycling center before ending up on a train heading through Wyoming.

While touring First Star Fiber, Gubbels was skeptical that we would find any companies behaving like the one we caught on camera two years ago. "We're paying them $10 per ton for the material which is closer to the landfill so it's less fuel and they have to pay $22 to dump waste out there. It wouldn't make sense," said Gubbels.

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