Scranton faces garbage price problems

Published: May 5, 2016

 photo courtesy of wikimedia commons The City of Scranton uses landfills in Dunmore and Keystone, similar to the one above. Scranton has had problems dumping in the past. Two years ago Keystone upped the price of dumping, and Dunmore followed suit.

PHOTO COURTESY OK WIKIMEDIA COMMONS / THE CITY of Scranton uses landfills in Dunmore and Keystone, similar to the one above. Scranton has had problems dumping in the past. Two years ago Keystone upped the price of dumping, and Dunmore followed suit.

JORDAN REIS
Business Editor

A pertinent local problem that has recently arisen in Scranton is the possibility of a rise in the cost of garbage collection. The city of Scranton has come to an impasse where it must either hold the $300 annual collection fee or begin charging per-bag collection. Both options come with an up side and a down side, both for the residents of Scranton and for the government of Scranton.

The city of Scranton provides garbage removal for all people who reside in the city, but they do not provide recycling services. This is where the two options will split drastically in cost. Since recycling companies must be privately contracted by residents, if there was to be an increase in recycling and a decrease in garbage removal that would in-turn save the city money but may cause residents to pay more, because of the increase in volume of recycled items. The one flat rate pickup option is more popular country wide, and the by the bag style is uncommon and rare to find. The main purpose of such a system is to promote recycling. Since people would be charged per bag by the city garbage collection, they would be more inclined to separate the recyclables in order to lessen their amount of garbage.

The main problem that the city council has come up against is the fact that they do not know if the $300 cost is actually accurate. To solve this the city has commissioned research into how much trash is actually collected by each household to determine how much the garbage collection cost should be changed. The general consensus is that the current price is too high.

The council seems to be split on which policy is best, but regardless of which is chosen there is a high probability that residents will feel it in their wallets.

Contact the writer: jordan.reis@scranton.edu

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