EDMOND — Fees for solid waste collections are going up 48 cents a month as the city enhances its recycling program starting July 1.
The increase will provide residents with 96-gallon, rolling recycle carts with lids, city council members decided this week.
The charge for recycling will increase from $2.32 a month to $2.80.
“The last increase was eight years ago,” City Manager Larry Stevens said.
The five-year agreement through June 2018 will cost the city $870,000 per year. The contract for the residential curbside recycling program is with Republic Services.
The new program will cost the city $150,000 more annually than the current contract with Waste Management, which has had the contract since August 2005.
“We have outgrown the 18-gallon bins and we need to go to a larger container,” said Wesley Dedmon, Edmond's solid waste superintendent.
The new provider also will pick up cardboard items, something currently not collected.
The new monthly cost for residential trash pickup will be $12.68 for one 96-gallon rollout cart for trash and one 96-gallon recycling cart.
Residents with a medium-size rolling trash cart, about 64 gallons, and a 96-gallon rolling recycle cart will pay $11.68 a month.
The monthly fee includes once-a-year hazardous and electronic waste pickup at each residence.
Edmond provides household garbage pickup at the side of the house for an extra charge. If the rolling cart is at the side of the house and up to 50 feet from the curb, the cost is $24.23 a month.
The new recycle carts will be serviced every other week on the same day as regular trash service, Dedmon said. Maps will be sent to residents so they will know their pickup days.
The new recycle carts are expected to arrive in Edmond in mid-June and will be distributed throughout the city.