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Trash pickup and dumping could get annual increase

Andrew Cristancho
Sierra Sun
Emma Garrard/Sierra SunA dump truck drops off trash and recycling at the transfer station off of Cabin Creek road Monday. The transfer station is looking at raise their prices for pickup and processing.
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Trash pick-up and drop-off could be getting a little more expensive this summer.

Tipping fees, the charge for processing refuse, may rise up to 3.3 percent at the Eastern Regional Materials Recovery Facility on Cabin Creek Road. Trash pick-up bills for Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal Company customers may also increase by 3.13 percent.

The disposal company operates two franchise areas within eastern Placer County.

They include the Interstate 80 corridor from Colfax to Donner Summit and all unincorporated areas of the county near the Town of Truckee and around Lake Tahoe.

The Placer County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing this month to consider the increases.

Residents of Nevada and El Dorado counties will not experience the same increase in trash pickup service but will be affected by higher solid waste processing fees.

The increase is nothing new, said Jeff Collins, manager of the Eastern Regional Materials Recovery Facility.

“It is an annual increase. It attempts to keep up with expenses,” he said. “Our industry is highly impacted by [cost of living] increases and the cost of hauling the waste to Lockwood, Nevada.”

The rate hikes are suggested by Placer County staff to help the landfill and Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal cover operational costs. The facility, located at the top of Cabin Creek Road off Highway 89 south, is operated by Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal on contract with Placer County.

Since the Eastern Regional Landfill is a closed landfill it serves as a processing station for area refuse, said Bill Zimmerman Placer County’s environmental engineering manager. After the recyclable material is pulled from the refuse, the remainder of the waste is trucked off to the Lockwood landfill outside of Sparks, Nev.

Tipping fees increase as the cost of dumping at the 3,700-acre Nevada facility goes up, which it does every year, Collins said.

Curbside trash pickup will increase by 53 cents for Placer County residents within the two franchised areas that the refuse collectors and processors operate.

The service adjustments are affected by increasing gas, labor and insurance costs, Collins said.

If approved the fees will take effect July 1.