Saturday, May 03, 2008

Have Your Trash Rates Taken a Jump?

Trash haulers blame the County. The County blames the trash haulers. In the meantime, county residents suffer with increased trash bills.

St. Louis County officials say they will ask the state attorney general's office to investigate. This is a bit ironic since the State Attorney General's office recently issued an opinion that St. Louis County is in violation of a state regulation requiring the county to give haulers a two year notice for implementation of their trash district program.

The county continues to move forward with the appointment of one hauler per trash district and claims prices will be drastically reduced. The county's chief operating officer, Garry Earls, said some residents in the county's unincorporated areas have received bills that are almost double their previous rates.

The county has selected a hauler for one district, with service slated to start July 1. It will open bids later this month for the other seven, where service is to start Oct. 1.

The county requires haulers to make weekly recyclables pickups which necessitated charging $5 to $8 a month for that service. Earls said he has asked the St. Louis County counselor's office to look at possible legal violations and will then contact the attorney general.

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