ST PAUL, MN — The recent rollout of citywide government operated garbage collection program smacks of potential unconstitutionality, offering a single service provider, infringing upon freedom of speech of its citizens while operating, potentially, as a monopoly.
Some residents have said they enjoy the varying size options on containers, offered with previous providers: small, medium, and large, respectively, though, with winter being overly extreme because of global climate warming change, the service quality has been lackluster from the new service provider.
Had a citizen had their first amendment rights fully intact, they could choose from better quality providers, instead of just one, and be able to use their voice to vote with their dollar. Furthermore, a diverse provider option could provide service for those who choose to opt-out in attempt to promote a zero-waste option.
Certain things are a waste of time, reading the US Constitution is not one of those things. Citizens reserve the right under the Constitution to voice their free speech, even in selecting and employing a garbage service provider. The first amendment has jurisdiction throughout all of America, for all citizens, even regarding our trash and who takes it.