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Gboro breaking even on garbage?

At this week’s meeting, the Greensboro City Council will discuss raising tipping fees at its Burnt Poplar transfer station so the city can break even.

The city is currently losing $1.1 million per year at the transfer station. Raising the tipping fee from $41 per ton to $46.50 would allow the city to recover the full cost of operating the station, while raising the fee to $44 per ton in FY ’13-’14 and $47 per ton in ’14-’15 would delay the break even point, but as the staff memo states “there would be less risk the city would lose significant tonnage to other locations.”

Considering the cost of operating the transfer station —including debt service —council member Nancy Vaughan says it might be worth the risk raising tipping fees sooner rather than later.

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