The Moab City Council in a rare 3-2 vote approved a new 10-year interlocal contract with Canyonlands Solid Waste Authority that will see rates rise 30% for residential and 10% for commercial customers. The rates will increase by 3% each year for the duration of the contract – meaning that those who pay $20 per month now will pay $26 per month when the new rates take effect in September.

Two other key changes to the current contract will also take effect. One is that the Solid Waste District will take over the billing process rather than the city. The other is that glass is no longer permitted in the city’s single-stream recycling program. Grand County was the last county in Utah that allowed glass in single-stream recycling. Instead, a container will be set up at a site to be determined for people to drop off glass, in addition to the Community Recycle Center.

Also, people who currently have a 65-gallon trash bin will be able to keep them, but going forward new customers will have a 95-gallon bin. The cost for garbage pickup in Moab has gone from the bottom third to the top third when tracked across other Utah and Colorado communities.

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Author: Doug McMurdo, The Times-Independent
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