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Landfill fees to increase for drop-off customers

By Melissa Crowe
Sept. 29, 2013 at 4:29 a.m.
Updated Sept. 30, 2013 at 4:30 a.m.

Businesses and residents who use Victoria's landfill will see a 3 percent increase in fees starting Nov. 1.

The Victoria City Council is expected to approve the rate changes at its Tuesday meeting.

"By contract, they're allowed to do a rate increase over a two-year period to not exceed 8 percent," said Environmental Services Director Darryl Lesak.

Last year, Republic Waste Services of Texas increased fees 5 percent for people who dump garbage from trailers or trucks or even carloads.

Pickup truck loads will cost $15.59, or $31.19 if the truck has sideboards, according to the new fee schedule.

Tires up to a 16-inch rim will cost $2.34 to dispose of, and tires with rims between 17 and 20 inches will cost $5.85 apiece. They were previously $2.27 and $5.68.

The city will see a decrease in fees. However, that change does not mean residential customers will see savings, Lesak said.

"It's decreasing about 10 cents per ton," Lesak said. "When you average that out over the amount of customers we have and the tons we pick up, it comes out to less than a penny per household."

Fees for composting will also decrease about 10 cents a ton.


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