The North Adams Public Services Committee is recommending new rates for the transfer station which could lead to at least a $20 increase for the year for the average city family.

According to a news report courtesy of iBerkshire.com, the Public Services Committee is recommending new rates for the transfer station of $133.45 per ton. The old rate was $126.59 with an average yearly cost of $469.38; this will now be $491.57.

So, the average city family can expect to pay about $22 more a year to get rid of their trash.

Administrative Officer Michael Canales told a recent committee meeting, "We have a built in contingency to cover all the things, such as we pick up our trash at city parks, Main Street, any illegal dumping. We give out two bags per resident. And then we also cover recycling costs, and any environmental or fuel costs that we pick up during the year, which brings our total to $94.45 per ton."

The new contract that goes into effect July 1 with Casella Waste Systems will be $78.71 a ton.
At an estimated 4,000 tons, the cost for waste disposal amounts to 71 percent of the proposed $533,806.07 budget for fiscal 2021.
The remaining 29 percent of the proposed budget will go towards salaries, utilities, fuel, supplies, health insurance, etc.
All other fees will remain the same as well as the current hours and days the transfer station is open.
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