WATCH NOW: Curbside trash costs, other Cedar Falls refuse fees could increase | Political News





Photo of the city council by Daryl Kruse

CEDAR FALLS – Residents could see rates spike for the city to take their trash away.

City council members last week signaled their approval of a resolution drafted by the staff to increase the monthly cost of roadside garbage collection along with a variety of garbage fees. The resolution will come to the Council for the first of three readings on Monday.

Brian Heath, Head of Operations and Maintenance, explained the proposed increases to a committee throughout the meeting.

A two-year increase of 2.5% per year would begin on January 1st for household waste collection.

Current prices are $ 9 for a 32-gallon cart, $ 17 for a 68-gallon cart, and $ 26.50 for a 95-gallon cart. They would rise to $ 9.23, $ 17.43, and $ 27.16, respectively on Jan 1st. A year later, rates would rise again to $ 9.46, $ 17.86, and $ 27.84, respectively.

Heath also outlined a proposed $ 10 pickup fee for 10 items as of the New Year. Additional fees apply for devices, cathode ray tube monitors, and tires or rims.

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The collection fee is intended to “limit the number of items” people put on the curb, he said. Tenants who “want to move out” sometimes display so many items that the city’s staff is overloaded. Prices would go from $ 7.50 to $ 10 for devices and from $ 5 to $ 7.50 for CRT monitors.

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