2018-10-07 / News

Cost of curbside trash collection and recycling services to increase

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter

CHESANING TWP. – During the Thursday, Oct. 4 meeting of the Chesaning Township Board, Township Clerk Fran Kukulis informed the board it will have to increase fees for curbside trash collection and recycling to cover a significant cost increase.

Kukulis said she just received a letter from the Mid Michigan Waste Authority (MMWA) recommending that the township raise its curbside pickup fees to $167 per household to cover anticipated cost increases.

Kukulis told the Chesaning Township Board that the MMWA tends to estimate conservatively. She talked about the reason why the rates have increased; it’s in part due to the increase in fuel costs. The other reason costs have increased is because China buys most of the MMWA’s recyclables, but with the increased tariffs, it’s not buying. Typically, the sale of recyclables offsets a portion of the cost of curbside services.

To compensate for the increased rates, Kukulis recommended a new rate of $156 and believes that if the actual costs are slightly higher, they should still be able to cover it.

The township board voted to approve the new annual curbside trash collection with recycling at $156 per household.

The Chesaning Township Board noted that there are four new houses that will be added to the curbside trash collection and recycling roll, and one house has been removed. As a result, the township will be increasing from 934 curbside customers to 937.

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