Customers will soon be charged $16.30 per month

Trash fees will soon be going up in the city.

Trash fees will soon be going up in the city.

Drew C. Wilson
Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 08:29 AM.

Havelock commissioners agreed to a higher than expected increase in monthly trash fees as they wrapped up work on the city’s proposed 2013-14 budget Monday night.

Under the unanimously approved hike, monthly residential fees for trash pickup will go from $13.95 to $16.30 starting July 1.

That amounts to a $2.35 increase per month, or about a 17 percent, for city residents. Commercial trash customers will see a fee of $20.15 per cart per month.

The city has been trying to get the solid waste enterprise fund to be self-sufficient ever since undertaking the garbage collection program in 2009 with contractor Waste Industries Inc. The initial fee was $11 per month for customers. In 2010, the monthly fee rose to $13.25 to offset tipping fee increases incurred by the contractor. Fees rose to $13.95 in 2011.

A portion of the fees has been to cover the purchase of a $105,000 knuckle boom truck that is used in the city’s collection of yard waste along with brown and white goods such as furniture and appliances.

In an attempt to streamline costs in the pickup of leaves and other yard debris, Public Services Director Bill Ebron suggested that residents bag their leaves during some months of the year to make pickup more efficient for city workers. The plan would mean city workers and trucks would spend less time at a location picking up leaves, thus saving fuel costs.

Some residents expressed opposition to the proposed plan.



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