The fight over privatizing trash in Fresno is not over yet.
Last Week the city council approved a measure that transfers the city's residential trash service to a private company.
Opponents are now circulating a petition to get the trash issue on a ballot, so citizens can vote on the issue.
Fresno's City Manager says privatization is the way to go to save money and jobs.
"We're in a position where running out of money to provide the services of the public is a major problem.This gives us a chance to keeep our services up, provide lower rates and keep employees from our current jobs employed in the private sector," Mark Scott said.
The petition needs 22,000 signatures before January 8th.
"At some point in time, maybe not next year or the following year but at some point the cost of our trash will skyrocket because there will be no limit to what the private hauler could charge the residents of Fresno," Marina Magdaleno said.
The current plan means the city will contract with Mid-Valley Waste Disposal.
The city will get $2.5 million a year in franchise fees from Mid-Valley.