City Council votes to increase waste collection fees

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 04, 2013 5:00 AM

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The Iowa City City Council passed a new round of solid-waste-collection fees on Tuesday.

The council approved increases in certain municipal charges, such as the yard waste annual stamp per container and solid waste, in a 7-0 vote.

The fee increases will come in bulky items, compost, mulch, electronic waste, garbage stickers, and tires. However, the fees for garbage stickers and tires were not specifically identified in the proposed budget document.

City officials say these expected fee increases are necessary because of annual increases in operational costs and were previously approved in the fiscal 2014 budget.

Officials hope the increased fee for garbage stickers will encourage further recycling measures.

The last solid-waste fee increase went into effect Oct. 1, 2010, and the fee increase will go into effect Oct. 1 for everything except yard-waste stickers.

The fee for yard-waste stickers is expected to go into effect April 1, 2014.

— by Rebecca Morin

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