Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013
Perry County Trash Companies May Pay More to Pickup
PERRY CO. -- The cost of trash collection could be going up in Perry County.
Leaders are considering a $50 annual fee for each vehicle that picks up trash or uses the landfill. The revenue would be used to improve the county's recycling program.
The two recycling bins for all of Perry County don't stay empty long. Solid Waste Manager Becky Tracy says they're simply not enough; money from the proposed trash hauling ordinance would fix that problem in hopes of helping more people recycle.
The county would like to buy another recycling bin and organize hazardous household waste drop-off days to help people dispose of items like paints, antifreeze, and motor oil.
"If you don't have the sticker, you are not going to be able to use the landfill," said Tracy.
A trash hauling company that didn't want to be named, says the sticker fee will hurt, especially for those haulers that have several trucks.
Tracy says it could be worse. The county could require companies to offer recycling pick up.
"It's just not feasible right now to require that. We don't have a large recycling center where they can take those things," Tracy explained.
Until the ordinance is passed, the two recycling bins in Pinckneyville will hold the county's paper, glass, and plastic. Tracy insists the potential $50 fee isn't about the money, it's about protecting the environment.
The Perry County Board is expected to vote on the ordinance at its meeting on October 3rd. If passed, it would take effect at the start of the new year.
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