Wichita City Council members are considering making Wichita's already sky-high trash rates even higher. Say it isn't so. Rather than franchising trash collection — which could cut trash rates in half while adding curbside recycling and reducing wear and tear on streets and air pollution — the council reportedly is leaning toward charging companies a fee to haul trash. The haulers would likely just pass this fee on to households and businesses, which means Wichitans would throw even more money away along with their trash. With the recession, governments need to provide services more efficiently. Wichita needs to follow the lead of Park City, Bel Aire and other area towns and franchise trash collection — not make our dysfunctional system even costlier.