The Rolla City Council approved an ordinance raising trash collection fees in the new year, making the vote during their most recent meeting on Monday, Oct. 15.

According to council documents, fees for services provided by the department have not been adjusted since 2014. Prior to that, rates had not been increased since 2002. Since the time of the last increase, according to the information provided to the council, “almost every aspect of operations has increased in cost.” 


In addition to increases in overall general operating costs, according to council documents, there are a few issues of budgetary concern for the department. These include the need for additional manpower and the loss from recyclables sales due to market conditions. 


The proposed rate increases will land in the five-to-ten percent range. According to Environmental Services Director Brady Wilson, residential fees will see a nine percent increase. 


The current monthly rate for a 90-gallon cart is $14, according to council documents, and the increase will raise this to $15.25 per month. Likewise, a 35-gallon cart will raise from $11.50 to $12.75. 


With the raise coming into effect in 2019, Wilson said residents will see the higher fees on their February and March statements.