Waupaca council OKs new trash fees
Monthly cost for collection projected to be $13.92
By James Card
The city council approved the final price tag for residential city-wide garbage pick-up.
The monthly cost will be $13.92 for garbage and recycling services, $9.90 for using an extra garbage bin and $4.02 for using an extra recycling bin.
The cost also includes the city’s administration fee.
There is the possibility that the monthly charge could go up if the price at the pumps goes up.
In the Graichen Disposal/GFL Environmental contract with the city, a fuel surcharge could be added if ultra-low sulfur No. 2 diesel goes above $4 per gallon.
For every 25-cent increase in diesel, the cost of garbage pick-up will rise 1%.
The garbage pick-up will appear on the water bill of city residents. Because of this billing format, residents who are struggling to pay their utility bills could receive some assistance.
Kathryn Kasza, the city’s finance director and treasurer, explained it to the council.
“Because this charge is on the water bill, if somebody is having financial difficulty due to COVID, there are programs not only through CAP Services, but also some other services the state has available to help people with their utility bills. They can get information from the finance office as to what programs are available. But the refuse [pick-up], because it is on the utility bill, would be covered under the community-development block grant and COVID grant that we have going through Cap Services right now,” she said.