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3/1/2013 9:47:00 AM
Clarkdale to adjust residential trash fees

Philip Wright
Staff Reporter

CLARKDALE - The Town Council voted Tuesday in special session to approve a new three-year service agreement between the town and Patriot Disposal to provide residential trash service to town residents.

Wayne Debrosky, utilities director, prepared a report for the council on the agenda item. His report states that Patriot Disposal is currently under an agreement with the town for residential collection and disposal services.

"That service agreement was approved by council in February 2007 for a period of three years, and in February 2010 the town exercised a one-time option in the service agreement to renew the service agreement for an additional three year period," Debrosky's report stated.

The current renewal will expire at the end of February 2013.

The new agreement calls for Patriot to increase the charge for each of the small and large containers by $.50.

Debrosky's report explained that the monthly running average for the percentage of recyclables that Patriot Disposal will remove from the town's residential waste stream must be at least 15 percent.

"They are removing well over 15 percent," Debrosky told the council. "They remove 20 to 27 percent, depending on the time of year."

The council also adjusted the residential trash service fees the town charges residents.

The current fee for one 64-gallon container is $16.25, and that will be reduced to $15.75. One 94-gallon container currently costs $18.75 per month, and that also will be reduced by $.50 to $18.25.

Two 64-gallon containers currently cost $16.25 each and will go up to $16.75 for each container. Two 94-gallon containers will go up from $18.75 each to $19.25 each.

The charge for each additional container after the first two will stay at its current charge of $11.50 each.

But those fees apply only to existing containers used by customers.

Debrosky explained that Patriot Disposal started operating Freedom Recycle Center in Prescott Valley in early 2012.

"As a result, Patriot sorts recyclable materials directly from the municipal solid waste stream, which eliminates the need for customers to pre-sort recyclables," Debrosky explained.

Separate recycling containers are therefore no longer needed.

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