JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) - Jackson residents have been talking trash all month after city council passed an ordinance mandating all residents use the same company for their garbage removal. The city says it will save money, but residents aren't convinced, causing some to circulate a petition to repeal the ordinance.
"The meeting was packed with people who were against this ordinance. It didn't make a difference, they went ahead and passed it anyhow," said Eugene Proscheck, a Jackson resident.
Jackson Mayor Martin Griffin said some neighborhoods just don't have adequate trash removal and the city spent $80,000 last year, picking up trash for people who don't do it themselves.
"The fact that everyone will have it. We will no longer be spending money to pick up trash at houses that doesn't have service," said Mayor Griffin.
Proschek is circulating a petition to repeal the ordinance. People who are signing it want a say in the matter.
"The only reason i signed this petition is because we didn't have a chance to vote on it as a resident of this city," said Rev. Michael Poole.
"I think it's a violation of individual rights to make a choice," said resident Booker Walker.
Griffin says other communities like Parma and Concord have single trash haulers and privatizing garbage removal in Jackson will help the city run more efficiently.
600 signatures have been collected so far. About 350 legitimate signatures are needed for a public referendum on the ordinance.