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May 5, 2014

Council to mull solid waste station fees

TAHLEQUAH — Proposed changes to the city’s ordinances would shift the cost of hauling trash to the new solid waste station to $38 per ton, rather than individual costs determined by the size of the truck or trailer carrying the garbage.

The $38-per-ton rate is up for consideration at the Tahlequah City Council meeting Monday night, May 5. The rate will be for both household waste and construction or demolition. Non-refrigerator appliances can still be disposed of, under the proposal, for $10 each.

Monthly rates for pickup of residential garbage will remain $12.50, though the proposed ordinance establishes a seven-bag limit of 30-gallon trash bags, rather than the previous 10-bag limit.

The cost of commercial Dumpster service will also increase if the plan is approved. All construction Dumpsters will have a $4 per day use fee, up $1 from the current cost. A 12-cubic-yard construction Dumpster will cost $150 per dump with a 2-ton maximum, up $25; a 20-cubic yard construction Dumpster will cost $300 per dump, an increase of $50, with a 4-ton maximum; and a 30-cubic-yard construction Dumpster will cost $350 per dump, also a $50 increase, with a 5-ton max.

Every ton over the maximum allotment will cost $38

The city pays just shy of $18 per ton for disposal at a landfill, and when other municipal and industry-derived costs are figured in, the price increases to an estimated $38.32 per ton.

According to supporting material, the city typically makes 1,231 trips to the landfill in a year, hauling nearly 15,000 tons of trash. Trailers were hauling an average of 12.1 tons per trip – about 60 percent capacity with the 20-ton trailers. Load efficiency is expected to increase with new compaction equipment and improved loading procedures at the city’s new transfer station.

And if councilors approve of the proposal as it is written, the transfer station would be open its current 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. schedule Monday through Friday, but would cut back on Saturday operation, offering it only the first Saturday of each month, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com

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