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Garbage collection bills sent this week

New fees will be annually collected county-wide

Trash cans line a street in Old Town on Thursday. This week, Republic Services sent nearly 20,000 invoices for garbage collection county-wide, a service previously subsidized through the countys general fund.
(Tanzi Propst/Park Record)

Summit County’s property owners will see a new bill this week after Republic Services sent nearly 20,000 invoices for garbage collection county-wide, a service previously subsidized through the county’s general fund.

The fee covers services that were provided during the 2016 season. When the County Council approved the 2016 fee schedule for county services, it included a $36 annual trash collection fee. Businesses, hotels and commercial spaces that have dumpster service are not included because they likely contract with a trash service provider.

The Solid Waste Division requested the increase to cover the costs of closing the Three-Mile Landfill and development of a new cell in 2017.

“The money is basically to help offset the growing cost of collecting solid waste and recycling,” said Derek Radke, Summit County Public Works director. “It provides revenues to build the new cells. Three Mile will top out and we won’t have any place to put trash.”

This week, about 18,500 household waste and recycling fee bills were mailed to property owners or homeowner associations for services during 2016. The county is contracting with Republic Services to administer the billing on the county’s behalf. The fees are expected to generate more than $650,000 annually.

The bills can be paid through the mail or online, according to the Republic Services websites. They will be due upon receipt or within 30 days. If the bill is not paid within 30 days, a notice will be sent to the property owner reminding them payment must be paid within 45 days to avoid service termination.

“Each user will be able to set up an account and Republic Services will be able to implement new services that will be individually targeted to users,” Radke said. “If we wanted to do an optional green waste pickup they could schedule that with Republic Services directly. They will start rolling those out in 2017.

“It will provide additional options for our residents,” he said.

Reece DeMille, manager of municipal services in Utah for Republic Services, said adding more services is “one of the things we are excited about.” DeMille said they will be introducing a new curbside option in 2017 to remove large items, such as mattresses or televisions.

“It will be for stuff that you don’t know how to get rid of,” DeMille said. “One of the good things about this for people who pay online is they will already be set up in the system and they can just go in and request that service for that day.”

DeMille encourages property owners to read their invoices carefully, including the insert that explains the billing process. He said residents can also visit http://www.summitcounty.org/recycle for more information.

“Most places charge between $15 to 20 a month for a garbage can and recycling,” DeMille said. “This is kind of on the lower end.”

Radke said the county often receives calls from new residents about setting up trash service.

“We get so many calls from people, but the county just didn’t do that,” Radke said. “Years and years ago I just don’t think we had the billing capability and we still don’t, which is why we are contracting with Republic Services. But, we are like the last county to not have individual billing for trash service. Everyone else around us does.”

For more information about the household waste fee, contact the Summit County Public Works Department at 435-336-3970 or Republic Services at 435-615-8311.


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