City slams the lid on garbage contractors

According to the report, thousands of tons of construction waste are created in Tel Aviv every year by renovations to the city's aging apartment buildings.

By MIRIAM BULWAR DAVID-HAY
October 18, 2007 12:17
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Tel Aviv city officials are being accused of excessive interference in private matters after announcing that from now on the city will choose the contractors who remove building waste from private apartment buildings undergoing renovations, reports Yediot Tel Aviv. The city is planning to allocate work to just four out of the 100 independent contractors who currently work in the city, but the contractors are planning to fight back. According to the report, thousands of tons of construction waste are created in Tel Aviv every year by renovations to the city's aging apartment buildings. Builders are required by law to remove the debris, and either do so themselves or hire any of about 100 independent waste-removal contractors to do the job. But there has been long-running friction between the city and the independent contractors, with the city frequently fining the contractors for leaving their dumpsters in car-parking spaces, and the contractors complaining that they have nowhere else to put the bins. Now the city has reportedly come up with a solution, albeit one that is arousing controversy. It plans to divide the city into four zones and advertise a tender for four approved waste-removal contractors, each of whom will be solely authorized to remove building debris in one section, with their dumpsters to be placed by advance agreement. A municipal spokesman said too many dumpsters are currently scattered all over the city, and the plan will create more orderly and controlled removal of debris. But many construction and waste-removal contractors are furious, saying the decision will put numerous people out of work. A spokesman for the builders' union said the city has no right to decide who should remove debris and no right to take away the contractors' incomes. The spokesman said builders will fight this "attack on freedom of business," if necessary striking at all waste-removal services in the city.

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