Trash Haulers And Residents To Pay More For Garbage Disposal Onondaga County Trash Disposal Budget To Increase

The cost of trash disposal will increase by $6 per ton in 2019.

ANCHOR: At their meeting tonight, OCRRA (OH-cra) will present a budget proposal to raise tipping fees by eight percent. N-C-C News’ Amanda Albert found out how this will effect the community.

ALBERT: OCRRA (OH-cra) charges trash haulers and residents tipping fees for OCRRA (OH-cra) to process and convert the trash into electricity. Kristen Lawton, OCRRA (OH-cra)’s Public Information Officer, said this proposal is in response to the national recycling crisis.

LAWTON: What we are hoping is that that will help defray the cost of recycling fees that we’re going to be incurring in the coming year.

ALBERT: Despite the increase in price, Lawton said the new budget will benefit members of the community.

LAWTON: It has the added benefit of allowing these green programs to continue. Which I think our community has come accustomed to having and really appreciative over the last 25 years.

ALBERT: The OCRRA (OH-cra) board of directors will vote whether to pass the new budget at 4 p.m. today.

ALBERT: Amanda Albert, N-C-C News.

North Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) — Things did not go exactly as planned for the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA) Wednesday, but the Board of Directors voted to increase its budget income for 2019 by raising tipping fees. Trash haulers and residents pay the tipping fees to have their trash processed and converted to electricity by OCRRA.

The OCRRA staff  proposed to its Board of Directors that it up tipping fees by eight percent, or $7 more per ton.  However the board voted to raise the tipping fee by only $6 per ton.

Although paying more money in fees seems like a negative consequence, the staff says the  increase is intended to have benefits.

“It benefits the operations and services that OCRRA provides to the community,” said Kristen Lawton, OCRRA public information officer. “It isn’t going directly to residents in our community, but more than likely that fee will be in some fashion passed along to them by their hauler, by their municipality, depending on how their collections system is charged.”

OCRRA is a public benefit corporation that provides services to all residents of Onondaga County free of charge (excluding residents of Skaneateles) including burning local garbage,  recycling, and shredding.  OCCRA does not receive money from taxes. The program is based on its operations, which  includes charging the community tipping fees.

The staff proposed an increase budget in response to the present recycling crisis occurring throughout the world. The new tipping fees are intended to makeup for the cost OCRRA will have to pay in recycling fees next year.

“It’s costing us a lot more to process our communities’ recyclables than it ever has in the past,” Lawton said. As a consequence, we want to continue recycling because that’s part of our mission here, but we also need to figure out how to make it sustainable, how do we fund this, how do we keep recycling here in our community.

Trash and recyclable dumpsters.
The OCRRA board raised the tipping fees  in response to increased fees brought by the recycling crisis.
© 2018 Amanda Albert

“One of the ways we are looking at is to raise that tipping fee to offset that recycling cost,” Lawton said

Prior to the vote, OCRRA Board Chair John Copanas said they were going to try to keep the tipping fees as low as possible.





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Amanda Albert

Amanda Albert is a junior in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, majoring in Broadcast Digital Journalism and minoring in Sport Management. A 2017 graduate of Northern Valley Regional High School in Demarest, New Jersey, Albert worked as the sports editor and Editor-in-chief of The Northern Star newspaper. During the summer of 2018, she was a public relations intern for the New York Red Bulls (Major League Soccer). During the summer of 2019, she was a Student Associate at Madison Square Garden Networks.

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