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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – The cost to take out the trash in Jamestown is going up next year.
On Monday, the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities approved their 2023 budget, which includes a price increase for solid waste customers.
The utility’s General Manager says garbage collection costs went up significantly in 2022, including fuel expenses, landfill tipping fees and labor expenses. In fact, the division is expected to end the year with a net loss.
As a result, trash collection rates are increasing to $1.50 per month, however if households recycle at least once a billing period a fifty cent rebate will be issued.
Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist believes the increase is fair.
“This is to account for the cost of labor, the cost of where we transport the waste, all of those items have seen some increased costs,” said Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist. “Overall, we think that is a very minimal increase for the actual cost that we pay in order to remove solid waste.”
Dumpster service rates are doubling for 2023 as well. Other BPU services, like the Electric Division, did not see a rate adjustment.
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