City Council OKs higher recycling cost

October 10, 2018

The Ludington City Council on Monday approved a request from Republic Services to increase the amount the city pays for recycling.

The request from Republic Services called for an increase of 4.03 percent in rates and sticker fees. The City of Ludington will pay an approximate total of $5,300 more per year, said Interim City Manager Steve Brock. Since a quarter of the year remains, the city will pay “a little under $2,000” for the last quarter of 2018, he added.

Brock said he’s going to try to find funds in the budget to cover this cost.

“If the council so chooses, in the budget I think we’re under-spending in a couple areas, so that won’t be problematic from that standpoint,” Brock said.

Otherwise, it will cost residents who already pay the recycling charge an extra 14 cents per household per year, he said.

Matt Biolette, Republic Services municipal services manager, was present at the council meeting Monday to explain the reason for the rate increase.

“The recycling markets are in a state of chaos,” he said.

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