The Sedgwick County Commission likely will decide today to continue to charge residents solid waste fees via their property tax bills (something characterized as a transition trash tax when it debuted in 2000, by the way). At least the fees are not scheduled to rise next year, starting at $3.65 per residency. That’s somewhat surprising given that the fee funds the county’s hazardous waste facility, which has seen huge growth in the amount of waste collected.
Some also will recall that the fee was sold in part as a way to promote recycling. And how’s that going? Since 2000, the county reports, daily municipal solid waste disposal has decreased only from 6.97 pounds per person to 5.32 pounds per person last year. Not exactly a smashing success.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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