Roy to boost rates for collection of recyclables

Roy officials are increasing the rates to collect recyclables effective Jan. 1, 2019, due to shifting dynamics in the recycling market. A truck from Waste Management, Roy's trash hauler and recycler, travels a route in Roy on July 26, 2018.

ROY — Trash customers in Roy face a bump in fees if they want Waste Management, the city's trash hauler, to keep picking up their recyclables, reflecting the tighter market for aluminum, cardboard and other such items.

The future of recycling locally and globally has been a point of debate as the value of recyclables dips and China, a major processor, demands cleaner materials from providers, free of food and other debris. In response, North Ogden boosted trash collection fees last May to offset the growing costs of recycling and Roy is now following suit, acceding to a request put to the city by Waste Management.

After Waste Management, contracted by Roy to handle garbage collection, approached city leaders about boosting recycling rates, officials broached the possibility of doing away with the recycling program altogether. But per the change that ultimately emerged, the bimonthly price for recycling service will go up by $2.46, from $9.36 to $11.82 every two months, according to Matt Andrews, director of management services for Roy. Including the existing $21.88 fee for trash collection, which holds steady, the bimonthly trash/recycling bill for Roy customers will go from $31.24 to $33.70.

In light of the looming change, which goes in effect on Jan. 1, Roy customers will be able to opt out of recycling services in November, thus avoiding the increase. The fee for trash-collection for customers who opt out of recycling service will be $24.16 every two months.

The fee hike, depending on how many customers opt out of recycling service as a result, could put upward pressure on trash-collection fees, Andrews said. The more customers who opt out of recycling, the more trash that will have to be brought to the Weber County landfill, correspondingly increasing the tipping fees the city has to pay. City officials will likely review rates next July, when changes in trash-collection rates could come up for debate, Andrews said.

Waste Management's contract with Roy to handle garbage and recyclables ends in July 2020, according to Jason Poulsen, the Roy city manager. At that time, city officials will look into the possibility of contracting with a new provider, if the proposed rates are lower.

Contact reporter Tim Vandenack at tvandenack@standard.net, follow him on Twitter at @timvandenack or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/timvandenackreporter.

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