The anticipated increase for garbage fees won’t be coming for Stallings residents.
At their Oct. 11, meeting, Town Manager Brian Matthews announced after a period of negotiation Action Garbage agreed to lower its price for yard waste pickup to $42,300. That’s down from the estimated $55,000 company officials told the town it would cost when they announced the increase in August.
In recent months, company officials at Action Garbage had considered allowing a takeover by Waste Connections. As a result, the town had been negotiating with Waste Connections for a new contract. When the takeover fell through, Action Garbage came back and said they hadn’t been charging enough to cover costs, announcing an increase both in the yard waste fees and a $127,000 increase in the overall sanitation and solid waste cleanup, from $800,000 to $927,000.
Action Garbage also said it would only pick up leaves, left at the curb in plastic bags as part of the yard waste service. It would not remove tree limbs or other items, which Waste Connections had been discussing with the town.
Matthews said staff members had looked into outside companies to handle the yard waste and just leave the sanitation pick up to Action until the current contract ends July 1, 2011. However staff found that on average, it would cost $200,000 to bring in a company just to handle yard waste, Matthews said.