Fees at Metro’s three waste centers, as well as the Bordeaux Mulch Facility, are set to see a $1 to $2 increase next week, as part of the public works department’s efforts to promote recycling and to reduce the volume of waste being dumped in landfills.
The fees, which have not increased in over a decade, according to a news release sent by the public works department, are intended to offset operational and disposal costs.
Fees range from free (for three items) to up to $12 per cubic foot.
The Metro Council in August voted to overhaul Metro’s solid waste program, ushering in a host of new measures that were recommended by Mayor Karl Dean’s Green Ribbon Committee.
Among new initiates is a pay-as-you-throw program. Beginning in July 2012, residents in the Urban Service District using more than two trash carts will be billed for the collection and disposal cost of those additional carts.
By 2014, Metro will charge monthly fees — projected to be $5 or less — to households that use more than one 96-gallon trash container. The policy would apply solely to those who live in the Urban Service District.
According to Metro Public Works Director Billy Lynch, approximately 124,000 households within the Urban Service District rely on the public works department for trash collection. Of those, 106,000 households use only one container.
In addition, certain types of recyclable waste will no longer be allowed in waste containers, starting in July 2011, including brush and loose yard waste. In July 2013, corrugated cardboard will no longer be allowed, and in July 2015, electronic waste will no longer be allowed in waste containers.