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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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