City consents to Ashland Sanitary sale

The Ashland City Council has cleared the way for Ashland Sanitary Service, Inc. to be sold to Recology, a solid waste collection company based in San Francisco.

On Tuesday night, the council consented to the transfer of stock from Ashland Sanitary Service to Recology.

Ashland Sanitary Service has a franchise with the city of Ashland to provide garbage and recycling service in the community. A city ordinance states that the rights to the company cannot be sold to a third party without the consent of the city government.

The change in ownership for Ashland Sanitary Service comes as Co-owner Gary Rigotti retires after four decades in the waste collection business.

Co-owner Russ Chapman will remain with the business in a management capacity. The business will continue to operate as Ashland Sanitary Service, according to a city staff memo to councilors.

City of Ashland staff heard a good report about Recology's services from the city of Vacaville, Calif. Recology is the parent company of Vacaville Sanitary Service.

The city of Vacaville has not received citizen complaints about the collection service there. Vacaville Sanitary Service was praised for its service to senior citizens and for having a good working relationship with the city of Vacaville's staff recycling coordinator, according to the city of Ashland staff memo to councilors.

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