Refuse bill may increase |

Refuse bill may increase

Andy Bourelle

South Tahoe Refuse customers have not had a rate increase in six years – a fact that might soon change.

The South Lake Tahoe Basin Waste Management Authority – composed of elected representatives from the Board of Douglas County Commissioners, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and the South Lake Tahoe City Council – is holding a public meeting Wednesday to consider approving a rate increase for refuse collection.

The governing boards of each body must approve the increase before it takes effect.

“The cost of business has gone up for us,” said Jeanne Lear, recycling programs/safety officer with South Tahoe Refuse.

South Tahoe Refuse is a private company serving South Lake Tahoe, Stateline and Meyers. In 1995, the company built a Materials Recovery Facility to divert recyclable material from the landfill, and now more than 25 percent of its collected garbage is recycled.

South Tahoe Refuse’s service would not diminish if the rate doesn’t increase, Lear said. However, some items are not cost effective to recycle, and the company would have to look at those with scrutiny. Other operations may be affected, too.

The proposed increase – 6.05 percent in 1999 and 6.85 percent in 2000 – remains below the cost-of-living index for the same time period, according to the waste management authority.

The public is encouraged to attend.

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