Glass collection isn't broken, but it'll cost $1 more now
BATON ROUGE - Waste fees for East Baton Rouge Parish residents will increase $1 after decisions by Metro Council members Wednesday afternoon.
The extra charge will cover glass recycling, which had been under the crusher and was set to be canceled. Glass is not a competitive item for recyclers, and the company asked for an increase to cover its growing costs of collecting glass.
The company will upgrade its operation to better sort and clean glass, and eventually could be able to sell it as a material to be used as cover at landfills or even road fill.
New contracts with recycling company Progressive Waste and garbage collector Republic extend through February 2018.
During the meeting about the garbage service, some council members expressed frustration with how storm debris was handled after a spring storm. Then, debris lined streets for weeks as the city tried to orchestrate a city-wide removal schedule. Chief Administrative Officer William Daniel said the contract for storm debris is separate and involves a different company. He said the city spent about $800,000 after the thunderstorm.
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