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.