Fall River grapples with rising trash removal costs
Jo C. Goode
FALL RIVER – The administration continues to conduct its analysis of the change in the practice of providing garbage services to urban businesses as a cost saving measure as solid waste disposal prices continue to rise.
“The two options that are currently on the table, in dollars and cents, are completely cut off from service and we would have these disposal costs or they could potentially keep the service and pay us the disposal costs,” said Mary Sahady. Financial Services Director.
EZ Disposal, the city’s contracted waste transport company, supports the administration in identifying the companies that use waste transport in the city.
Sahady said at the time the real unknown was how much rubbish from around 200 local companies the city dumps.
“We are really still in the research phase,” said Sahady. “We are really a few weeks away from making proposals to the city council or the mayor.”
Providing garbage services to local businesses is not required under the city’s solid waste regulation.
John Perry, director of the community’s department of maintenance, said the city currently costs $ 97 per ton of Republic Waste Services at its transfer station on the former landfill in Industrial Par.
That cost will rise to $ 100.30 per tonne in October.
Perry said when the city signed a contract with the republic there was a locked down price of $ 64 per ton for solid waste removal.
The recycling, which the city made money from, costs $ 133 per ton.
The landfill was closed in October 2014, at which time the city was receiving annual host fees of $ 1.8 million from the republic and a discount on tip fees.
Since then, the city has struggled with the cost of garbage and various administrations have introduced other income generating programs that were terminated by former Mayor Jasiel Correia II.
Former Mayor Will Flanagan launched the hugely unpopular pay-as-you-throw program that ended when Correia battled for a third term and faced two federal charges.
Flanagan lost a recall election, with some pointing to the PAYT program as a factor.
Former Mayor Sam Sutter introduced a monthly garbage fee of $ 10 per unit, which also cost him politically. After a year in office, he was defeated by Correia in 2015.
Correia ended the garbage program in office just a few months while privatizing solid waste collection.
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