Lafayette County ups garbage rate

county_lafayette_greenBy Errol Castens

Daily Journal

OXFORD – Lafayette County residents and businesses will see their first rate hike in 14 years for household garbage pickup service beginning Oct. 1.

The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday to approve raising monthly fees for the county’s once-a-week residential pickup fee to $12. The last fee change was in 2000, when the rate was increased to $10 from $9, the price set when the service began in 1994.

Some 200 commercial customers, whose charges are based on the size of the Dumpsters they use, will pay 10 percent more than before.

“We looked at our costs for fuel, for disposal, for salaries and cost-of-living raises, and those have been going up every year,” said Solid Waste Department Manager Bobby Jones.

The price increase makes Lafayette County the median of the seven counties that constitute the Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority.

TRSWA Manager Dan Reese said Union County’s fee is still $10, “although they should go up,” he said. Calhoun County charges $11 a month, and Pontotoc County’s $10-per-month fee reflects both the half-price tipping fees it pays as the host county for Three Rivers Regional Landfill and its lower transportation costs.

Monroe, Itawamba and Lee counties charge $13, $13, and $12.50, respectively, Reese said.

Jones said one cost difference for Lafayette County’s solid waste service is that its laborers are all waged workers, while other counties in the TRSWA use some inmate labor. Reese confirmed that Itawamba, Lee, Monroe and Pontotoc counties use jail inmates on trucks to supplement paid crews, while Union and Calhoun counties depend heavily on inmate labor for household garbage pickup.

errol.castens@journalinc.com