Craven approves garbage pickup contract – News – New Bern Sun Journal – North Carolina News

Craven approves garbage pickup contract – News – New Bern Sun Journal –  North Carolina News

Trash sticker prices likely to increase to around $3

Craven County commissioners approved a new trash collection contract with Republic Services on Monday.

It is a five-year contract, according to Rusty Cotton, director of the solid waste and recycling department. It also has a five-year renewal provision.

The county will pay the company $2.81 per trash sticker turned in under the county’s collection sticker program, beginning July 1, the start of the new fiscal year.

The commissioners debated earlier this year about going to a roll-out cart system, but decided during a work session to remain with the stickers, which are designated per bag.

In February, the commissioners opened the bids for the collection of trash from residential and commercial sites in the unincorporated areas of the county and certain incorporated areas, using the collection sticker program.

The cost of the stickers — currently $2.25 — will increase to cover the costs of the new collection fee.

Of the current $2.25 for a sticker, 10 cents goes to the vendors who sell them, with $1.89 going to the trash pickup contractors. The remainder goes toward maintenance of the convenience stations, which cost the county about $700,000 annually.

The board will decide on a cost increase for the stickers during its upcoming budget talks.

County Manager Jack Veit indicated to the board Monday that he would recommend the county subsidizing the cost increase to users during the first year.

The price is expected to increase to about $3. A $2.50 sticker fee was decreased by 25 cents after…

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