Rates at the Moffat County landfill will go up by about 20 percent April 1, Moffat County commissioners decided Tuesday.
Commissioners voted unanimously to raise the rates at the landfill, saying higher prices will help the county pay for the facility.
Waiting until April 1 to raise the prices will give customers including Waste Management and the city of Craig a chance to adjust their rates before the prices change, commissioners said.
Randy Call, director of the city of Craig Road and Bridge Department, said at Tuesday's meeting the city would be able to accommodate new rates.
The minimum cost per resident truckload will go from $6 to $8. For nonresidents, the minimum cost will go from $12 to $16.
The cost per ton for municipal, residential and commercial waste will increase from $25 per ton for residents to $30 per ton. For nonresidents, the rates will increase from $50 per ton to $60 per ton.
The county also will charge residents a $1 fee for dumping mattresses and box springs, $2 for nonresidents.
Even with the new rates, it isn't likely the county will turn a profit from the landfill, officials said Tuesday.
During the past six years, it has cost the county an average of $31.75 per ton to operate the landfill, said Linda DeRose of the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department, which operates the landfill.
The old rates meant the county subsidized the facility.
"I don't think the county can afford to subsidize it anymore," Commissioner Saed Tayyara said.
The increased rates combined with improvements at the landfill, including more efficient pits and a new compactor, could help the facility break even, Commissioner Tom Gray said.
"Hopefully, this will cover the costs of our operations," Gray said.
Commissioners expressed concern Tuesday that raising the prices could lead to illegal dumping and other negative effects, but voted for the changes anyway.
Raising the price to dump concrete for locals could make people less likely to tear down buildings that some in the community see as an eyesore, commissioners said. The price for concrete dumping went from $25 per ton to $30 per ton for residents. For non-residents the price went from $50 to $60.
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