Jasper to increase bulky refuse cost


JASPER — Whether a mattress, sofa or living room sectional, Jasper residents will soon need to pay more to have bulky pieces of trash picked up by the city’s street department.

Last week, the Board of Public Works and Safety approved increasing the amount of trash stickers needed for the local entity to haul off bulky refuse.

Beginning Saturday, Oct. 3, eight trash stickers will be required for those bulk items. The number of stickers currently needed is two.

“The volume of trash being collected during this pandemic, it’s increased,” said Jeff Theising, superintendent of the Jasper Street Department. “I guess everybody’s doing some spring cleaning while they’re at home. Not only the trash bag volume, but the bulk items in particular, are an item that we’ve seen increase significantly.”

Bulk items too large to fit into a trash bag are collected on the same day as trash. A Jasper trash sticker costs $1.50 — meaning the total cost for the disposal of one bulk item will rise from $3 to $12 when the change goes into effect.

Theising said that trash days used to yield just a few of those big items. Last week, however, the crew picked up 25 pieces of large refuse on a single day.

Theising explained that in addition to the uptick in bulky items being tossed to the curb, fees at the landfill the city utilizes — which is located south of Winslow on State Road 64 — are also on the rise.

“We do have a budget item for dumping fees,” the superintendent said. “And two-thirds through the year, I’m seeing a red light that says, ‘Hey, we’re going to run short here if we don’t do something.’ ”

The increase in the required ticket amount was reached through comparisons and a cost analysis. By increasing the number of stickers required to have the bulk items picked up, Theising said that “should delay having to increase the price of the stickers in the near future.”

According to the city’s website, bulk item collection is not provided for “cleaning out rentals or estate properties.” The street department is unable to pick up any item containing Freon, including air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and freezers. It also doesn’t collect tires, construction debris, propane tanks, electrical items, batteries and electronics.

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