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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Garbage Rates Increasing

Trash collection prices are going up in Westport and across the region.

Public Works Director Stephen Edwards said the Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority has increased its rates to operate the plant to burn garbage in Bridgeport.

The result is an increase in fees for commercial haulers and a significant increase in the Public Works Department’s solid waste budget, he said.

The rate for commercial haulers, he said, is increasing from $74 to $78 per ton for using the Westport Transfer Station. Residential haulers, however, will feel the pinch in their tax bills, he said.

“The local haulers are covered in our tax base,” he said. “It means an increase in taxes.”

Edwards said he has a significant increase in his solid waste budget, which covers the fees to use the Bridgeport plant.

His budget increased approximately $4 per 18,000 tons of garbage, he said.

The increase is caused by gas prices increasing and general costs to operate the plant going up, he said.

Jennifer Connic

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Posted 05/31/06 at 06:53 PM  Permalink



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