Thursday, February 28, 2008

Trash-pickup costs to soar in Palm Beach County

Hundreds of thousands of county homeowners in Palm Beach County, FL will see their garbage, recycling and debris collection rates rise considerably starting Oct. 1, 2008.

In northeastern Palm Beach County, those rates will more than double, from $129 to $293 a year for most single-family homeowners north of Northlake Boulevard and from $123 to $345 for the easternmost portions south of Northlake.

The new rates cover only residents living in unincorporated areas. Those living in condominiums will also see rate increases, but will pay less for waste collection.

The increases come after the Solid Waste Authority, as it does every five years, accepted bids from private waste haulers to pick up trash.

On Wednesday, county commissioners, acting as the authority's board, approved contracts with four companies to perform the work across 11 service areas dividing the county. The companies they chose were Waste Management, Republic Services, Veolia Environment and Waste Pro.

The rates are based on what the private haulers charge. "The numbers at the end of the day are out of our control," he said.

Last year, Archambo warned that rate increases were very likely as private companies dealt with higher fuel, employee and equipment costs. Fewer companies do such business these days, he added.


1 comment:

  1. Anonymous2:03 PM

    And what do you think is going to happen in St. Louis County? The same thing. Whenever government attempts to control the free market this type of thing happens. Example: Cable TV, Telephone Service, Electric, Gas, Water, Sewer, etc...........
    Free market, open competition works, but government just can't stand it.