Expensive recycling

I received notice from Hood River Garbage Service that my "rates were going up slightly." After looking over the pamphlet I realized that my one can service was going up 25 percent, from $9.75 to $12 per month and each additional can was going up 650 percent, from $1.35 to $10. I guess the rate increase is needed to cover their new billing costs, which must have doubled, after changing from bimonthly to monthly billing. Many of us were already recycling to keep our trash fees down and help the cause. We have been hauling our recyclables to the Lions trailers and bringing them to the transfer station.

The recycle containers that were left at the bottom of my 320-foot driveway are impossible for me to use. They are too heavy to carry and too low to drag. I would have to make six extra trips up and down the driveway on recycle day. They do make nice storage boxes for the barn.

I will be dropping my service and hauling the rubbish myself. If anyone is interested the fee for dumping rubbish, at the transfer station on Guinard, is $10 per cubic yard. That is equal to 6.31 32-gallon cans. I will see you there!

Art Santavicca

Hood River

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