Garbage ticket rates to go up in Etown, Lewis

— Trash disposal will cost a little more for residents of Elizabethtown and Lewis Feb. 1.

Both town boards voted to increase the rates for those disposing of garbage at the transfer station located between Elizabethtown and Lewis from 75 cents to $1 per green sticker (small bags) and from $1.50 to $2 for each orange sticker (large bags).

Both town supervisors said the decision was made to help offset rising costs in the industry.

“The cost of removing the trash has gone up because the cost of fuel has gone up. The cost of disposal tipping fees has gone up and the cost to have people to work at the facility has gone up,” Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley said.

“If we are not breaking even and we are spending more than we are taking in, then something has to change,” Lewis Supervisor David Blades said. “We pay by weight to have it removed, so we thought about going to a scale system, but that takes time. As a stop-gap, we decided to increase the rates for stickers.”

Blades said this will be the first rate increase for the stickers since the transfer station was opened.

“The rates now are what they were when the station was opened,” Blades said. “Every other town is pretty much at the same rate that we are going to, so we feel that we are being fair to everyone.”

Bartley said that all tickets sold before Feb. 1 will be honored.

“The stickers anyone buys in January will still be good in February, so we are expecting a rush in sales at the end of this month.”

Stickers can be purchased at both the Elizabethtown and Lewis town halls. Both town halls are open on Saturdays, and tickets may also be found at Vaughn’s Store in Lewis.

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