The Waukesha drop-off facility
is closed during the week.
Fees for dropping off trash will rise Saturday.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff
Starting Saturday, fees at the city’s recycling and rubbish
drop-off center will increase for the first time in four years,
and vehicles will now be categorized based on whether they’re
towing a trailer, said Department of Public Works spokesman
trying to keep up with the rising costs of operating a center.
We did some calculations and figured out that last year, we lost
about $1,800 a day at the center,” Nolan said.
“We were also
trying to create a more fair system by charging a higher rate to
residents who bring more material, and the simplest way we could
figure out to do that is to see whether they have a trailer
attached or not.”
rates were $3 for a single use, $13 for a 12-visit “punch pass”
and 20 for an annual pass.
the rates will increase to $4 for a single use or $25 for an
annual pass for all vehicles less than one ton that are not
towing a trailer, and $10 for a single visit or $65 for an
annual pass for any vehicles weighing more than a ton or are
towing a trailer.
The punch pass
option has been eliminated, but current punch passes will be
honored until the punches are complete.
62 or older can drop off items for free if they’re in a regular
vehicle, but the normal rates apply for senior citizens towing a
trailer, Nolan said.
there’s no charge for recyclables: Plastic bottles, glass, tin,
aluminum, newspaper, magazines, mail, cardboard, computers,
waste oil, antifreeze and textiles.
the center charges for - bulky trash, mattresses, yard material,
latex paint - all have various costs associated with disposing
of those materials.
“This year we
eliminated the cost of transporting yard material by doing
on-site composting, which saved us $30,000 automatically,” Nolan
said. “But even with these modest increases, we aren’t going to
encourages residents to learn about the new rates and plan
accordingly. Because the entire system is based on charging per
trip to the center, efficient loads are recommended.
“It would not
be as worthwhile for someone to load a small amount of material
on a trailer and bring it in. Waiting until they have a trailer
full better justifies the trip and cost,” Nolan said.
comparison, if residents would take their bulky trash items to
the actual ‘dump’ - the nearest landfill in Muskego - they would
be charged a minimum one-ton charge plus environmental fees
totaling about $72.”
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