Trash agency bud­get adds re­cy­cling dis­posal fee

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line.com

The Ul­ster County Re­source Re­cov­ery Agency board has adopted a 2017 bud­get that in­cludes a fee of $20 per ton for haulers to dis­pose of sin­gle-stream re­cy­cling, a prac­tice that un­til now has been free.

The $14.1 mil­lion spend­ing plan was adopted Wed­nes­day. It’s 1.8 per­cent larger than the agency’s 2016 bud­get.

The bud­get pre­sumes $12.9 mil­lion in rev­enue from solid waste dis­posal fees, up from about $12.87 mil­lion in the 2016 bud­get, and $160,000 in rev­enue from re­cy­cling fees, up from $35,000 this year.

Also in the agency’s 2017 bud­get is $218,400 in rev­enue from the agency’s charges to mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. That’s up from the 2016 bud­geted amount of $176,124. The higher mu­nic­i­pal rev­enue is due to the “pull” rate be­ing raised from $62 to $75.

Agency Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Tim Rose ear­lier this year said the new fee to ac­cept sin­gle-stream re­cy­cling from haulers is the re­sult of the agency hav­ing lim­ited abil­ity to sort the ma­te­ri­als.

“We have a dual-stream plant here and can process the ma­te­rial and still make a lit­tle money on it,” he said. “With sin­gle-stream, we can’t process and we have to send it out.”

The agency’s 2017 bud­get also in­cludes:

• $3 mil­lion for solid waste haul­ing con­tracts, up 4 per­cent from 2016.

• $2.6 mil­lion for solid waste dis­posal, up 3.6 per­cent.

• $2.3 mil­lion for debt re­pay­ments, down 3.1 per­cent. • $1.6 mil­lion for salaries, up 0.9 per­cent.

• $578,000 for em­ployee health in­sur­ance, up 13.4 per­cent.

• $340,000 for pen­sion pay­ments, down 9.3 per­cent.

• $244,000 for trans­fer sta­tion op­er­a­tions, down 8.2 per­cent.

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