The ups (and downs) of public service are pretty much the same everywhere. Watch how solid waste managers in New Mexico and Ohio are handling recycling and collection challenges; commiserate with a county road department over permitting.

Has your recycling operation run into any of these surprises?

Working with the railroads on at-grade crossings is tough (although it can be done given enough time and effort). This road department's bridge repair is on hold because tracks run below the structure.

Voters rejected a trash collection fee, so Cincinnati's rolling out rules designed to standardize and streamline operations.How closely do you think residents will follow them?

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