Here’s some creative thinking from Austin, Texas. There, rather than looking for ways to enrich a powerful waste hauler by turning over the city landfill to them so they can operate it with the famous efficiency that marks existing out-sourced services, city government is looking for a way to recycle everything and end the need for a landfill by 2040.

By the way: Regular blog readers will remember that it took the city’s private recycling haulers an extra three days to get around to my house. They never got around to a street one block away. Eight days after the supposed pickup day, stuff was still moldering on the curb when I drove to work this morning. I should consider my three-days-late pickup extremely fine performance for private work. Yes, by all means turn the landfill over to them. How can we lose?