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Garbage Rate Increase Too High, County Asks Contractor to Consider Options

Posted 2/6/19

HUNTINGDON (January 30) — Carroll County’s Solid Waste Committee met with Republic Services, the contractor that collects the county’s solid waste, to consider reducing its proposed …

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Garbage Rate Increase Too High, County Asks Contractor to Consider Options

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HUNTINGDON (January 30) — Carroll County’s Solid Waste Committee met with Republic Services, the contractor that collects the county’s solid waste, to consider reducing its proposed rate increase effective July 1.

Carroll County has mandatory rural household solid waste collection. The 6,000 rural households receive weekly curbside solid waste collection through Republic Services. Republic provides a rolling 96-gallon waste container to each rural residence. Customers receive a monthly invoice of $18 from Carroll County Solid Waste for those services and to partially fund other solid waste services in the county.

Republic proposed to provide every household a new blue-colored waste container and to purchase two brand new collection trucks with automatic sidearm retrieval systems. The investment of the truck and new collection bins is estimated at $1.5 million. In return, the company asks for a five percent increase in the rate in the first year, and three percent for each of the four subsequent years to complete the five-year contract. Initially, the rate would increase 73 cents monthly in the first year. Subsequent years would range from 45 cents to 49 cents monthly. In the past five years, the monthly rate increase ranged from 7 cents to 28 cents on an annual basis.

While Republic has increased its rates over each of the past five years, the county has held the customers’ monthly billing steady at $18 during that period.

The Committee directed Republic representatives to provide different options to reduce the amount of increase. The Committee indicated it was only concerned that each customer had a good rolling garbage bin, not whether or not it was a new blue-colored Republic-branded bin, or the old green bin, issued by the prior company name, Barker Brothers. Without a modest increase proposal, the county plans to seek bids from other vendors. Republic was given until Friday, February 8 to provide an alternate bid.

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