Tulsa’s trash service avoided major problems, unforeseen expenses during February storms, official say | Politics
“Customer fees are not going to change,” said Turner.
The only additional cost the Tulsa agency incurred for energy recovery – the public trust that oversees the city’s garbage and recycling services – as a result of the storms was to dump garbage in a landfill and pay overtime for it the city’s bulky garbage crews. Said Turner.
TARE had to spend $ 19,500 last week to send the city’s garbage to the landfill on 46th Street North as Covanta, the garbage-to-energy company that normally receives it, has been closed for nearly two weeks.
Patrick Walsh, the company’s area asset manager, said the facility had been shut down overnight because of the weather since Feb. 16. Covanta hoped to gradually resume operations over the weekend.
A number of factors contributed to the shutdown, Walsh said, including the storms, the skyrocketing cost of natural gas and less-than-usual garbage shipments due to the dangerous conditions for hauliers.
“The weather triggered the plant offline, the cold weather and the secondary effect of it was the exorbitant cost of natural gas,” said Walsh. “Instead of costing us $ 8,000 to $ 10,000 to get a single boiler up and running, it would have been anywhere near $ 600,000 to $ 700,000 per unit, and we have three of them.”