Port Henry The cost of trash disposal has gone up in Moriah.
The town board has voted to increase the cost of trash stickers from $2 to $2.50, effective immediately. It’s the first fee increase since 1999.
“We’re losing money at the transfer station,” Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said. “We had to do something.”
The trash station is about $40,000 in the red, the supervisor said, but the fee increase should eliminate that debt.
There are several issues at the trash station that must be addressed, the supervisor said.
One is that the $2 disposal fee was the cheapest in the area. As a result people outside the community were coming to Moriah to dispose of trash. The Moriah trash transfer station, located on Joyce Road in Mineville, is part of the Essex County solid waste system. That means the town must accept trash from county residents, even if they are not Moriah residents.
“We do more tonnage in Moriah than Ticonderoga,” Scozzafava said of trash collection. “We’ve got people from other towns using our station.”
Another problem is Moriah trash fees are based in a 32-gallon bag, not weight.
“We charge by volume and pay to get rid of it by weight,” Scozzafava said. “That’s costing us money. We need to make an investment in scales and we need to begin charging people by weight.”
Scales are expensive, he said, and will have to be figured into the town budget.
“It may not be done in 2013, but it has to be done,” Scozzafava said of charging by weight.
Also costing the town money is the emergence of private trash haulers, who are taking garbage to outside landfills.
“We’re losing business to private haulers,” Scozzafava said. “We need to account for that lost business.”