Fees for Midcoast Solid Waste Corp.'s "pay-as-you-throw" program will increase beginning May 1, pending approval by the Hope Board of Selectmen.

The measure — which has been accepted by the Camden, Rockport, and Lincolnville select boards — will raise the cost of 15 gallon bags from $ 0.90 to $1.20, while 33 gallon bags will increase from $1.50 to $2.

MCSWC Manager Jim Guerra told the Camden Select Board Monday, April 2, the price change is due to an anticipated increase in tipping fees by MCSWC affiliate Penobscot Energy Recovery Corporation.

Guerra said tipping fees are "based on performance [from] deliveries of trash for fuel to the incinerator, and the ability of the incinerator to sell its electricity generated at [a] good price."

According to Guerra, PERC's contract with Bangor Hydro Electric expires in 2018. Along with the "pretty vast majority" of members of the Municipal Review Committee, MCSWC opted to increase their fees incrementally rather than experience a sudden price jump in 2018.

Guerra called the fee increase a "serious hit," but said the annual costs can be maintained through the bag fee increase, which he said should be the last price change until 2018.

According to Guerra, the Rockport transfer station has "a good 10 years" left before space is exhausted.

Camden Herald reporter Bane Okholm can be reached at 236-8511 ext. 304 or by email at bokholm@courierpublicationsllc.com.