Why Garbage Collectors in Montana Have 40% Profit Margins

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Roger Koopman

“Can you imagine living in a place where there was no choice among goods or services? One brand of car. One brand of clothing. One doctor. One barber. One sewer service. One garbage collector. Stop right there—because in many if not most Montana communities, there is but one brand of garbage collection to choose from, which means no choice at all. The cost and quality of the service is locked in, and cannot be influenced by consumer choice. There is probably no single area of government monopoly creation that is more harmful and less logical than the Class D garbage collection industry, where state law puts potential competition through a near-impossible certification process at the Public Service Commission (PSC).” (01/13/23)