I must say that I find this state Supreme Court decision from Washington State terrifying. It is interesting that the State of Washington has exactly the same proprietary attitude over the garbage business as does the Mafia in New York:
In a decision released this morning, the Court stated that hauling
construction waste is not a private enterprise and "is in the realm
belonging to the State and delegated to local governments." The court
found specifically that the provision of waste hauling service is a
"government service" and constitutional protections do not apply to
I don't know the Washington State constitution, so it may indeed mention "construction waste hauling" as an enumerated power of the government. If it does not, and by "constitutional protections do not apply" they mean the US Constitution, then this is a stunning over-reading of said document. Nowhere, in the US Constitution at least, is there a provision for the government providing services of any kind, much less construction waste hauling.