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Mon September 29, 2008
Solid waste fees to increase in Greenville
By Scott Harvey
Greenville – Beginning October 1, solid waste collection and disposal fees for Greenville residents will increase.
In June, 2008, the City Council approved new contracts with IESI, the City's solid waste provider and with Republic Maloy, the City's solid waste disposal company. Under the new contracts, fees will increase on October 1. Fees for collection services have not increased since 2004.
For residential customers, the monthly solid waste collection fee will increase by 6% and a fuel surcharge of $0.71 per month will apply beginning October 1. The residential disposal fee will not increase. The total charge for collection and disposal for residential customers will change from $10.65 per month to $11.82 per month, an increase of $1.17 per month. Residential customers may also request a 64-gallon polycart for curbside recycling for an additional $1.00 per month.
Commercial customers will see an increase to the collection and disposal fees based on the level of service received. For example, a commercial customer receiving polycart service twice per week, will see an increase from $16.07 per month to $17.71 per month.
Rates may be adjusted due to changes in the fuel surcharge or increases in the Consumer Price Index. Customers will be notified if changes occur.
Under the contract with IESI, the fuel surcharge will be reviewed quarterly and adjusted up or down based on the cost of diesel fuel. The City will make an effort to hold the new rates for solid waste service level, but may increase or decrease the rates customers are charged if the changes to the fuel surcharge are significant.
Under the new contract with IESI, Greenville residential customers received added benefits to their solid waste collection service that went into effect in July. Some of the new enhancements include:
Corrugated cardboard is now accepted for curbside recycling. Residents may now request a 64-gallon polycart for recycling for an additional $1.00 per month. The current 18-gallon bins are still available at no charge.
It is no longer necessary to cut and bundle brush for curbside collection. Under the new contract, residents may dispose of 4 cubic yards of unbundles brush on their second collection day each week. In addition, IESI will also provide 50 brush pile collections for the City each year and twice a week brush collection for two weeks following a storm.
IESI will provide one residential tire collection per year that will be coordinated by the City.
IESI will partner with the City to provide an annual promotional program detailing services offered to Greenville customers.
Four times each year, IESI will participate with the City and Keep Greenville Beautiful in city-wide clean-up events that will be staffed by IESI personnel.