What has changed at the Rockland Transfer StationSticker, per-bag fees changed July 1
Rockland — Everyone in the city has likely heard the council approved a new fee schedule for dumping at the Rockland Solid Waste Disposal Facility on Limerock Street, but how does that affect the average resident?
The City Council voted 3-2 June 30 to change the fees effective July 1 (Councilors Elizabeth Dickerson and Louise MacLellan-Ruf voted against it), however, most residents had already purchased their resident permit stickers for the year.
The stickers, which go on resident vehicles and allow them to dump as much bagged household trash as they like in the transfer station over the year, have been issued May 1 to April 30 of the following year. Solid Waste Director David St. Laurent said most residents had already paid the $65 to buy their sticker for the year by the time the council voted on the new schedule.
The city will honor the $65 stickers until May 1, 2015.
If a resident did not buy a sticker before July 1, he or she can still purchase a sticker for $135, which will cover throwing trash bags in the transfer station until May 1, 2015.
"This is a bridge to get us to May of next year," St. Laurent said.
After that, the residents will have to use a pay-per-bag system or pay per ton to dump their own household trash, or hire a commercial hauler to take their trash.
The pay-per-bag fees are set at $2.25 per 33-gallon bag, $1.50 per 22-gallon bag and $0.75 for 12-gallon bags.
The per ton fee will be $115 until May 1, 2015. After that, it will go to $125 per ton.
Other fees apply to demolition and construction waste, furniture and certain specific items such as tires, batteries and fluorescent lamps.
As the city goes to pay-per-bag next year, residents should be more motivated to recycle cardboard, cans, periodicals, certain plastics. St. Laurent said the city hopes to create better, simpler recycling system to go along with the pay-as-you-throw model.
The city's trash is incinerated at Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. in Orrington. The increase in fees is needed for the transfer station to pay for itself, according to city officials.
Click the link below to view the full June 30 agenda including the complete Solid Waste Disposal Fee Schedule.
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