Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries said that after learning more about the company, Trigg County Solid Waste Coordinator Jessie Thomas issued the permit last Monday, as there was no legal leg for the county to stand on in regard to earlier refusing to give Madisonville Disposal a permit.
Humphries said that although he is concerned about the effect of a fourth trash collection company on D & D and Ingram, he felt like the county had no other choice. The company is already serving residents of Cadiz, which will allow them to easily pick up trash in the county, Humphries added.
As there isn’t an exclusive contract with any garbage company in the county, and as the county’s 1990 solid waste ordinance doesn’t have a limit on how many contractors can collect garbage, there was ultimately no reason not to give Madisonville Disposal a permit, said Humphries.
Madisonvile Disposal started collecting trash in the city on Friday, March 5, after the Cadiz City Council awarded them the solid waste contract at their meeting on Tuesday, February 2.
Brian Stallins of Madisonville Disposal said they started collecting garbage in the county not long after their contract with the city started, adding that they have 980 city customers and about 80 county customers.
“We want to be on good terms with the county,” said Stallins.
Diane Darnall of D & D Sanitation said she thinks Madisonville Disposal intends to undercut the local businesses in order to put them out of business and take their customers, and added that if MD has a monopoly in the county, they will then raise their prices.
Stallins argued that when they came in they weren’t trying to undercut the other two county residential waste companies, and he went on to say that he wasn’t aware of their prices when they came in.
“I never set out to destroy local businesses … I wanted to be fair to the people,” said Brett Chappell of Madisonville Disposal in a letter to Humphries dated Friday, March 19. “I refuse to raise my rates to the level of my competitors to simply make them and the Fiscal Court happy.”
Stallins said that one of the reasons they chose the minimum price of $14 per month was to get as close as they could to the city price of $13.95 per month. He also said that they can afford to charge $14 per month because of their city infrastructure, whereas their rates in other counties, such as Muhlenberg County, are higher.
Chappell said the only way he will raise county rates is if the City of Cadiz raises the rates for the city.
Darnall said she thinks the main reason Madisonville Disposal was given a permit was because they threatened to sue the county. However, she said she intends to stay in business.
“We’re not going anywhere,” said Darnall. “We’ve got a lot of loyal customers.”
In addition to Madisonville Disposal, D & D Sanitation and Ingram Disposal are the two local contractors with permits to collect residential garbage in the county, while Freedom Waste is contracted to collect commercial garbage in the county, Thomas said.
Additionally, Burkhead Scott has roll-offs for construction and demolition debris, Waste Path has three industrial customers in the county and Waste Path has one customer – the Trigg County Recycling Center, added Thomas.
Stallins said he thought the reason the company was denied a permit originally was because representatives from D & D and Ingram complained to the county that Madisonville Disposal was coming in to undercut them and put them out of business.
Humphries said one of the reasons the county didn’t initially grant the permit was because they didn’t know much about the company or its credentials.
Initially, there was concern about whether Madisonville Disposal’s price structure would be the same throughout the county, and after some investigation, it was determined that that was indeed the case, Humphries said.
Brent Ingram of Ingram Disposal was unavailable for comment at press time.