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Residents also will be limited to the number of free trash drop offs before fees kick in.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Fees for dumping trash at the regional landfill will rise for the first time in a decade, the Roanoke Valley Resource Authority’s board decided Wednesday.
The move will add about 20 cents a month to the cost of handling trash from each household in Roanoke, Roanoke County and Vinton.
The board is raising the fee it charges the three communities from $45 a ton to $47 a ton as of July 1. It also is raising the fee it charges commercial haulers from $55 to $57 a ton.
It is decreasing the number of free trips area residents get to dump their own trash from 20 to 12. After that, they’ll pay a minimum fee of at least $10.
The authority’s chief executive officer, Daniel Miles, said it actually costs about $50 a ton to handle municipal trash.
Basically, the authority has managed to cover the gap by digging into its reserve funds — the money it sets aside to buy equipment, finance future development of the landfill and handle any surprise problems that come up in handling a landfill.
But those funds are running low. That concerns authority staff because they will need to tap them to begin replacing aging rail cars in about four years’ time.
On top of that, authority officials expect the cost of handling the localities’ waste will edge up to $55 a ton by the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017.
The authority’s biggest operating cost, its more than $2 million-a-year freight bill from Norfolk Southern, has been on the rise in large part because of increased fuel costs.
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