Trash disposal company seeks to compete with Republic Services in Missoula
The Montana Public Service Commission began a weeklong hearing Monday about the matter.
Republic Services, one of the largest such companies in the country, has a monopoly on the service in Missoula County and owns the landfill.
Lance Johnson, the owner of L&L Site Services, wants to compete in Missoula and says his company can provide lower prices and improved services. Under Montana law, motor carrier companies that provide a public service and use public roads, such as taxi providers and garbage haulers, are allowed to have a monopoly in certain communities unless a competitor can prove that there is a demonstrable need and they can improve the service.
The five-member commission will now decide whether Missoula would be better served by having competition.
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