Starting in the April billing cycle, Bloomington residents will pay more every month for trash and recycling service. That’s the result of a unanimous vote on the three-member board of public works at its regular meeting on Tuesday.
In round numbers, customers will pay between $3.50 and $23 more a year, depending on the size of the trash cart they use.
The fee increase is due to costs that are charged to the city by Republic Services for processing recycled materials. Those costs have replaced payments the city previously received (“rebates”) for its recycling commodities, according to Bloomington’s director of public works, Adam Wason.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Wason spitballed a possible new way of paving local streets.
The two topics—recycling pickup charges and road resurfacing—are related. How? Continue reading “Trash cart rate increase makes public works director think about the future of recycling: “Bloomington is a community that is known to be entrepreneurial…””