on January 1, 2008 by in Uncategorized, Comments (0)

Pickens County tipping fee on municipalities effective Jan. 1

PICKENS — Commercial businesses throughout Pickens County will receive a rude awakening come New Year’s Day when it comes to solid waste disposal.

Effective Jan. 1, commercial business entities in all Pickens County municipalities will be assessed a rate of $35 per ton of solid waste collected and taken to the county landfill for disposal. The expected annualized cost, based on a weighted collection day average, will be approximately $54,453.

Public Works Director David Connor said the present dumpster charge is $54 per month for one pickup per week. However, the proposed increase of $8.50 per tip for one pickup per week would increase that amount by $34 — bringing the total to $88 per month.

In addition, the present commercial roll cart charge would see an increase from $9 to $12 per month. That increase is based on an additional 75 cents per tip each week.

“We have 65 (commercial) customers that use 6-yard dumpsters, some of which have pickup collection more than once per week,” said Clemson City Administrator Rick Cotton.

Cotton said those who fail to comply face a fine for illegal dumping, estimated at $200-$250.

Central Town Administrator Phillip Mishoe said the fee will affect Central commercial users in the following manner: One roll cart and one pickup – from $12 per month to $16.20 per month; one bin and one pickup per week – from $60 to $81 per month and two bins and three pickups – from $275 per month to $371 per month.

“We sent out a letter in April or May, when the county notified us that they were considering doing this, to let them (commercial users) know what was going on,” Mishoe said.

Mishoe said the increase would impact 98 commercial businesses in Central.

Central Mayor Mac Martin called the tipping fee increase “unfortunate” and something in which “the county didn’t give us an option.”

But Martin added there is at least one bright spot for commercial business owners.

“Even with 35 percent increase, Central rates will be 25-30 percent less than commercial haulers,” Martin said. “It’s still cheaper than calling professional commercial haulers.”