• City annouces garbage rate increase
By Linda Green

Garbage fees for residential and commercial customers in Thomson will increase $2 beginning Oct. 1.
The Thomson City Council made the increase in solid waste fees during its Aug. 14 meeting. The decision for the rate adjustment follows McDuffie County’s rate increase per ton, which became effective July 1.
The council unanimously approved a new base rate for residential customers who have one 90-gallon container to increase from $17 per month to $19 per month. The base commercial rate will increase to $35 a month, up from the current $31 per month rate. The monthly fee also covers weekly yard waste pickup, as well as weekly recyclable service.
“This is the first rate increase we have had in sanitation since 2009,” said Mayor Kenneth Usry. This was not an easy decision. It gets tougher and tougher on a daily basis and we just have to pass along the costs,” he said.
According to City Administrator Don Powers, in combination, the new rate adjustment for garbage, as well as yard waste increases over the past 18 months, have raised the City’s disposal costs by 10 percent.
The City Council encourages all citizens to recycle class, can, cardboard, newspaper and paper.
“It takes a little effort to segregate garbage from items that can be recycled, but that effort reduces landfill costs, which help hold the line on disposal expenses,” Powers said.

To read more on this story, pick up the Thursday, August 28, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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