Rockland council gives final OK to pay-per-bag trash disposal

Posted July 16, 2014, at 8:09 a.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Starting May 1, 2015, Rockland residents will be required to pay for trash disposal based on the amount of garbage they dump at the transfer station.

The city council voted 3-2 Monday night to give final approval to a pay-per-bag ordinance. Councilors Elizabeth Dickerson and Louise MacLellan-Ruf opposed the ordinance.

People who purchased $65 dump stickers as of July 1 will not be affected by the change until next May 1. The price for the annual dump sticker has jumped to $135. As of May 1, 2015, dump stickers will no longer be the way people pay for trash disposal.

The fees under the ordinance are 75 cents for 12-gallon bags, $1.50 for 22-gallon bags, and $2.25 for 33-gallon bags. The bags are available for purchase at city hall or at the transfer station.

Commercial haulers will be charged $115 per ton through May 1, 2015, with the price then rising to $125 per ton. The current cost to commercial haulers is $110 per ton.

Rockland officials have considered pay-per-bag proposals since 2001. In 2006, the council enacted a pay-per-bag ordinance, but voters overturned that ordinance by a 959-479 vote after a petition drive.

There has been no public discussion about a repeal effort this year.

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