Trash rates for eastern Placer Co. stabilized for 2012-13
LAKE TAHOE andamp;#8212; Trash collection fees in eastern Placer County will remain flat for the 2012-13 fiscal year due to recent negotiations with Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal Company, officials reported this week.The company operates under a multi-year contract that gives it exclusive rights to perform trash collection and waste disposal services for the eastern portion of the county.Due to the longevity of the contract, Placer County officials and TTD representatives periodically revisit the contractandamp;#8217;s terms and make adjustments as needed. andamp;#8220;The multi-year contract expires in 2015,andamp;#8221; said Placer County Environmental Engineer program manager Kevin Bell. andamp;#8220;Within the contract, TTD is entitled to adjust its rates to keep up with changes in the cost of doing business.andamp;#8221;According to statistics kept by the U.S. Bureau of Labor, the cost of operating a trash collection and processing service rose nationally about 5 percent over the last year.Under TTDandamp;#8217;s contract, both operating arms of the company andamp;#8212; collection and processing andamp;#8212; were due for a rate increase.Under the recently negotiated agreement, TTDandamp;#8217;s collection services will defer the increase, agreeing instead to spread out rate increases over the next four years, two years at a time.Though Bell said he canandamp;#8217;t be sure what will happen to collection rates in the future andamp;#8212; considering rates are determined by economic conditions and negotiations andamp;#8212; an increase after fiscal year 2012-13 is likely.For the processing portion of services, tipping fees that would otherwise be diverted to the Eastern Regional Landfill reserve fund will be used to cover this yearandamp;#8217;s increase in the cost of doing business. The Eastern Regional Landfill Reserve fund is a rainy-day fund specifically kept should repairs or service be needed on a closed landfill in the county.andamp;#8220;TTD is one of the most reliable services in the area,andamp;#8221; said Placer County Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery. andamp;#8220;Whether itandamp;#8217;s rain, snow, shine andamp;#8212; they are out there. This shows how well TTD works with folks in the area.andamp;#8221;
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