Written by Perry Morris Monday, 18 April 2011 15:07
Several years ago, I was a long time customer of Waste Management. At that time, their fees were exactly the same as quoted by Commission Brock: $75 per quarter equalling $300 per year. When they ceased operations in Wakulla County, I became a regular visitor to the current transfer station for both recycling and garbage. With the current $3.75/ gal. cost of gasoline, I estimate that the weekly trip for me runs around $10 which includes only gas and tipping fees. $40/month would be a conservative estimate in this economy. Economically, Commission Brock's curbside collection option makes perfect sense and I highly endorse it.
In the 20+ years I've lived in Wakulla, I've always been disturbed at the amount of visible and hidden trash: visible from our roadways (does anyone remember the overflowing sway cars that dotted our roads in the past?) and hidden in our woods only to be viewed with disgust during outings. Wakulla County desparately needs county-wide curbside collection for 100% of our population, not just those who care enough about our environment to responsibly deal with their refuse.
I commend Commssioner Brock for his forward thinking and encourage all other Commissioners to embrace this for the betterment of all. If viewed as just another tax, then the whole point is lost. And those of us who have contracted for waste removal or have been responsible haulers of our personal refuse will be very grateful to this Commission.
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