Under plan, county would pay more for trash hauling

November 26, 2003|By Hanah Cho | Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF

Carroll County would pay more to get rid of its trash starting next year under a proposed agreement with a hauling company.

Under a proposal presented yesterday to the Carroll commissioners, the price to the county to ship its trash to a disposal facility in central Virginia would go up $2.73 a ton, to $45.24, next year. The county would pay Waste Management of Maryland $3.94 million to dispose of a projected 87,000 tons of garbage.

The proposed five-year agreement includes price increases each subsequent year. Officials from the county's Department of Public Works asked the commissioners yesterday to approve a one-month extension of the current contract, which expires Monday, while the proposed renewal agreement is reviewed by Waste Management. The commissioners granted the extension.

In Carroll County, residents hire trash collectors, who in turn dump the waste at the county's Northern Landfill. The trash haulers are charged a $51-per- ton tipping fee. The county will examine whether to increase the tipping fee charged to trash haulers while preparing next year's budget, said Frank Schaeffer, deputy director of the county's Department of Public Works.

For years, the county transferred waste to an incinerator in York County, Pa. But in July, the county began shipping its waste primarily to a facility in Waverly, Va., because officials at the York facility indicated that it would no longer have room for out-of-state waste by 2010, officials said.

County officials said that shipping the trash to Virginia rather than Pennsylvania was not a factor in the price increase. Rather, the price being paid was negotiated five years ago.

Carroll processed 107,707 tons of waste during the fiscal year ending in June and transferred 91,580 tons to the incinerator in York County. Construction and demolition trash is buried at the county's Northern Landfill.

Schaeffer told the commissioners that the department is looking into ways to reduce the amount of trash being hauled for disposal.

"The more we recycle, the less we transport, the less we pay," he said.

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