ELKO – Elko Sanitation is asking Elko City Council for approval to raise garbage-collection rates 3.8 percent for the next two years based on rising costs.
The rate hike is on the council agenda for its 4 p.m. meeting Nov. 13. The company has an exclusive franchise agreement with the city for sanitation services, so any rate increase needs council approval. The agreement allows for rate requests every two years.
If the rate hike is approved, the cost for weekly pick up of a residential 95-gallon tipper container would go from $17.57 per month to $18.24, “so we’re not talking about huge amounts of money,” Elko Assistant City Manager Scott Wilkinson said on Nov. 9.
The disposal fee for dumping solid waste at the city’s landfill won’t go up, he said.
“Elko Sanitation can’t make money on the tipping fee,” Wilkinson said.
In a letter to Wilkinson, Jared Martin, site manager for Elko Sanitation, wrote that the last price increase was in October 2016, and “during that time we have seen a 4.8 percent increase in the CPI (consumer price index).”
He also said the company has continued to make investments to “provide safe, clean and efficient equipment for our community.” This includes truck and equipment purchases to exceed $587,000 and container purchases and repairs of $133,800.
Elko Sanitation additionally invested $50,000 in the recycle program with the installation of a baler, which has “allowed us to reduce the amount of trips to Salt Lake City and reduce our carbon footprint,” Martin wrote.
Elko Sanitation also is asking the council to approve adding a service to the franchise agreement, providing four-yard front-loader containers for commercial accounts. This would broaden the company’s services, Wilkinson said.