Solid Waste Fee Increases Approved Unanimously

February 12, 2013

A price hike in solid waste services has been approved by the Elbert County Board of Commissioners, in hope of having the solid waste department break even.

The county’s blue trash bags will increase to an even two dollars, up fifty cents, while the yellow bags will be raised to one dollar, up twenty-five cents.

Also being increased is the county’s tipping fee charge. Previously forty-eight dollars per ton, it will now be set at fifty-two dollars per ton.

Elbert County Administrator Bob Thomas explained during a work session last week, that if the tipping fee is changed, the costs of the trash bags have to be changed as well.

“If you are going to increase the tipping fees, then you have to equal out and balance out the county residents with the city residents”, said Thomas. “That’s what the Service Delivery Strategy agreement says is that you have to treat people equal in the city and unincorporated areas, so that is the reason for doing both of them.”

The changes that were approved will not go into effect immediately. Instead, the county will not enact the increased fees until sixty days from now.

Thomas explained the reasoning behind that during last week’s work session.

“Because we have people are on a monthly basis, and they need some time to adjust their billing cycle”, explained Thomas.

The approval came on the back of a unanimous vote by the Elbert County Board of Commissioners, during last night’s regular meeting of the Elbert County Commission.