The Elbert County government is facing higher prices when it comes to waste removal at its transfer station.
Republic Industries provides transportation and disposal of the county’s trash that is taken from the station.
Elbert County Administrator Bob Thomas says this news comes a few years after a reduction in the company’s charges.
“About three years ago they reduced the rate about two dollars a ton, but this year they are saying with the increase in expenses they are facing, that they are wanting to increase about seventy cents a ton”, explained Thomas.
The increase to a rate of $34.47 per ton is based on a Consumer Price Index of 2.07%.
The commission expressed interest in bidding out for the services, but according to Thomas the way the contract is currently set up with Republic, a sixty day notice of intent to do such a thing is required.
Thomas said based on the roughly sixty tons of waste brought in a day, that the $0.70 increase comes out to about a $11,000 a year increase.