Trash cart rate increase makes public works director think about the future of recycling: “Bloomington is a community that is known to be entrepreneurial…”

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…””

Bloomington wants to increase trash cart fees to maximum allowed by local law

Barchart for Sanitation Disposal
The $402,065 of “disposal” costs for 2019 include $85,616 for processing 3,243 tons of recyclables at a new rate of $26.40 per ton. It’s typically been a rebate, not a cost, but because the global recycling commodities market is down, Bloomington now has to pay to get its recycled material processed.

Bloomington residents who use medium-sized solid waste carts for their trash will pay about $13 more per year, if the board of public works approves a rate increase at its meeting next Tuesday.

The fee for small- and large-sized carts would also increase under the proposal from the sanitation division of the city’s public works department. Continue reading “Bloomington wants to increase trash cart fees to maximum allowed by local law”