The Davis County Energy Recovery District board has approved new tipping fees for garbage received at the burn plant. They are effective July 1.
The board OK'd an increase of $3 a ton in the regular fee for garbage trucks, the fee going from $59 to $62. This increase will undoubtedly lead to higher garbage collection rates for residents in Davis and Morgan cities who rely on the facility."The costs are skyrocketing on us," board Chairman Robert Arbuckle said. "We have no choice."
In fact, the board said it might have raised tipping fees by as much as $12 a ton if it had considered the long-range financial picture for the district, instead of only its immediate concerns.
The latest price increase is the result of the district's increasing bond obligation and stricter federal regulations on garbage disposal.
The district also set other fees, including a minimum charge of $7 per private pickup load at the citizen facility, adjacent to the burn plant. It also plans on discontinuing the free spring and fall cleanup dumping (see accompanying box.).
The fee for dumping construction and demolition debris was set at $18 a ton. Officials hope to attract the type of waste that can be used to line the old cell at the current section of the landfill that is near capacity.
District members wrestled with what fee should be charged for asbestos dumped at the landfill. They finally decided to increase the fee from $250 a ton to $400 - or a $100 a ton lower than Salt Lake's fee. They hope to attract more of this dense material that fits easily and safely in landfills.
Only a few Davis County cities, such as Clearfield, have included the new tipping fee rates in their 1994-95 budgets. Other cities, such as Layton, have not as yet, but are certain they will have to ultimately pass to pass the fee increases onto households.
No more free dumping during cleanups
The Davis Energy Recovery District plans to discontinue its free dumping policy during spring and fall cleanups.
"We need to be equitable," board chairman Robert Arbuckle said. "Some cities don't do a cleanup."
Arbuckle also said the district can no longer afford the free dumping periods held for several weeks twice each year.
The district plans to offer a reduced dumping fee at its citizen facility of $5 per load - instead of the usual $7 - during spring and fall cleanups. Cities would pay half of the regular dumping fee during the cleanups.