Pay As You Throw Out Your Trash

By: Liza Park Email
By: Liza Park Email

Let's talk trash... your trash that is and how much you should pay if you don't generate a lot of it.
Tuesday night, Leon County Waste Management officials presented county commissioners with a new system of charging for solid waste disposal.
You would be charged by the amount of solid waste you set by the curb rather than the flat fee currently used.
Proponents say the new system would create an incentive for recycling and cut down on unnecessary waste.
"I don't know of any jurisdiction that's gone that route that's back away from that and a great deal of that has to do with the increased recycling that occurred when they did it," says Norman Thomas, Leon County's Solid Waste Director.
As part of the deal, you would choose a small, medium or large garbage barrel and be charged by size.
But some commissioners say such a system could increase illegal dumping and burning of trash.
The Commissioners voted 5 to 1 to postpone this issue until the upcoming budget workshops this summer.


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  • by Howard Location: Tallahassee on Apr 23, 2009 at 06:05 AM
    I'm a single person who recycle almost everything. I think this is a great idea. I might use the trash service once every five weeks. Yet I pay the same as a family that fills their can every week and dosen't bother to recycle anything. It would be nice if there was some way to recify this imbalance. By the way if some one wants to put trash in my smallest can, they're welcome to. There should be plenty of room!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 23, 2009 at 05:45 AM
    I don't see this as a plausible idea. As it states in the article, people will just dump their garbage somewhere illegally or burn it, or as stated in comments below use someone else's trashcan. Leave it as is, besides, the government isnt going to fund this to begin with, so we would be paying it back in taxes at some point. There are already enough budget cuts as it is
  • by tally Location: citizen on Apr 22, 2009 at 09:40 AM
    Hide your cans...you know as people drive by in the middle of the night they will fill your can because they bought the small one(to be cheap) and it is already full.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 22, 2009 at 07:25 AM
    It it sounds good then there is a catch. Cost of the trash cans that must be purchased, delivery time, cost to set up each customer on the right size can, cost to change size of can if you decide different. Will new equipment be needed to pick up various size cans. Bottom line is companies don't make these moves unless more money is involved
  • by Me Location: Here on Apr 22, 2009 at 06:17 AM
    It sounds good, but it won't work because there will just be more trash piles at the side of the road. There are so many of those already. Plus how would that work with apartment buildings. I also think my neighbors put their trash in my can after I leave for work on trash pickup day so that wouldn't be fair to me. They don't pay for service. I just don't think it would work. Would they deduct from my bill if I recycle more?
  • by Bill Location: Tallahassee on Apr 22, 2009 at 05:07 AM
    Excellent idea as long as there is no charge for recycled products and hazardous materials brought to the landfill. Do we know how much each size barrel would cost per month?
  • by Jack Location: Tallahassee on Apr 22, 2009 at 03:42 AM
    That is a pretty good idea. Hadn't thought of how much I pay based on so little trash compared to most of the overflowing trash cans I see around town. I could easily get by with a trash bin roughly 30% the size of what I now have.
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