Chris Cooper Managing Editor
March 20, 2014
A two percent increase for trash pickup will be added to Scott Waste Service customers as of April 1st. This is a scheduled increase that was known last year when the service was bid out countywide, including all four cities of Adairville, Auburn, Lewisburg and Russellville, and unincorporated areas of the county.
The increase comes to approximately .19 cents a month on customer bills. For example, the City of Russellville will go from $9.64 to $9.83 per month for curbside pickup, plus recycling.
“This was something we knew about,” said Russellville Mayor Mark Stratton. “But even with this increase, our garbage collection per month is still $1.34 less for the citizens of Russellville than it was four years ago.”
The increase is based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) that comes down each year. The CPI is a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by consumers for goods and services.
“We never know from one year to the next what the CPI will be,” said Tommy Mosley of Scott Waste.
Scott Waste Services has been providing curbside trash pickup in Logan County since 2006 when the company won the bid over Waste Management (WM) to provide the serve to the unincorporated areas of the county and the cities of Adairville, Auburn and Lewisburg. The City of Russellville followed in 2010 when it broke from long-serving WM and switched over to Scott. In 2013 a unified contract with all parties came about with Scott Waste Services providing curbside co-mingled recycling as well as trash pickup.
“These increase are passed along to us,” said Mosley. “It’s a cost of living increase, but it’s not a hidden one, it’s a scheduled one.”