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Carolina Beach To Consider Utility Bill Increase For Recycling

Larger recycling bins near the entrance to the Carolina Beach Town Council meeting room at Town Hall. The Council will consider options to replace smaller bins with roll-out containers at their December 11, meeting.

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CAROLINA BEACH - The Carolina Beach Town Council will consider rates for expanding residential curbside recycling at their upcoming December 11, meeting.
According to Public Works Director Brian Stanberry, the Town Council heard a presentation from the Town Manager at their November meeting regarding potential to increase the size of curbside recycling containers for residential units.
Currently residential units are allotted one 18-gallon bin per household that is emptied weekly. This service costs each dwelling $2.56 per month.
Stanberry explained, "An increase in the recycling container capacity should lead to a reduction in the total amount of solid waste produced by the Town."
Stanberry presented four options to the Council earlier this week.
The first is to increase the residential curbside 18-gallon bin to a 65-gallon rollout container that is emptied weekly. This will increase the monthly fee per household from $2.56 to $4.75 which is a $2.19 increase per month, or $26.28 annually.
The second option is to increase the 18-gallon bins to 96-gallon rollout containers emptied weekly. That would increase the monthly fee per household to $4.75, which is a $2.19 increase per month or $26.28 per year.
The third option also calls for a 96-gallon rollout container but emptied bi-weekly. That would increase the monthly fee to $3.75 which is a $1.19 increase per month or $14.28 per year.
The fourth option is to continue using the 18-gallon containers without changing the monthly fee.
Stanberry explained in a memo to the Council earlier this week there is potential to offset costs through grant funding.
He explained, "There is partial funding potential through the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) Curbside Recycling Roll-out Cart Program. This one-time payment to the grantee will provide relief of $10.00 per household unit for the cost difference between 18-gallon bins and 65 or 96-gallon rollout containers. The cost difference will be $26.28 per year per household for the increased recycling service."
He explained, "If Council agrees that the residential pickup of recycling should increase, the Town will work together with Waste Industries to apply for the grant. If the grant application is successful, the first year increase to the residential household could possibly be reduced to $1.36 per month (a monthly rate of $3.92). During the second year of increased service, the fee would need to the rate of $4.75 per month to cover the cost of the larger receptacle."
Stanberry explained, "The total cost of the receptacles that will be incurred by Waste Industries is in the range of $300,000. After one year of the increased recycling coverage, we can analyze the residential solid waste disposal rates and determine if there is truly a downward
trend in the amount of trash refuse created by the residents. If so, we can possibly look at reducing the monthly fee charged to the residents for trash collection and this may help offset the increase caused by the larger recycling containers."
Stanberry recommends the Council implement the new 96-gallon containers and, "Once we have made that transition and determine the feasibility, we could consider changing to a bi-weekly pickup to help control the costs. Rental units, in all probability, need to remain on weekly basis during the summer months based on volume" since many are used as vacation rental units.
The December 11, meeting begins at 6:30PM at Town Hall in the Council meeting room.