County trash cards available
Saturday, November 02, 2013 5:00 AM
The 2014 Jefferson County trash cards are now available for purchase at the Courthouse in the auditor's office.
The cards are $40 each and can be used at any of the six drop-off sites: Chelsea, Ryker's Ridge, Dupont, Deputy, Canaan and Brooksburg. The cards are available to county residents only.
There is no limit for items being disposed, but commercial waste, such as tires, is not accepted.
The cards have increased $5 from last year because a possible increase in trash collection fees through Rumpke and to cover the cost of a new part-time sheriff's deputy to oversee the drop-off sites.
During its annual budget hearings this year, the County Council said it was losing opportunities for revenue because some residents and nonresidents have been using the site without purchasing a card. Meanwhile, the cards were not being checked upon arrival.
To help solve the problem, the county will add a sheriff's deputy at 20 hours a week to police the sites.
"We felt like there was something that had to be done," said council member Judy Smith during Friday's Board of Commissioners meeting.
"It's still a bargain," Smith said. "For $40 for the entire year, that's not even a dollar a week."
Rumpke is in the process of negotiating a new contract with the Board of Commissioners. On Friday, a company representative proposed a 3 percent increase for next year. Linkel Co. had been contracted with the county for $185,100 each year. The rates for the trash service have not increased since 2007.
Rumpke bought out Linkel Co. last year.
Trash collection sites and times are:
Monday at Chelsea from 2 to 6 p.m.
Tuesday at Deputy feed mill from 2 to 6 p.m.
Wednesday at Dupont feed mill from 2 to 6 p.m.
Thursday at Ryker's Ridge shelter from 2 to 6 p.m.
Friday at Canaan Fire Department from 1 to 3 p.m. and Brooksburg Fire Department from 4 to 6 p.m.