CASPER, Wyo. — Trash collection rates in Casper will see some increases starting Sept. 1. The Casper City Council passed a resolution authorizing the rate hikes during their Tuesday, July 7 meeting.
The residential refuse collection rate will be raised $1.70 per month. The rate hike comes after the city council directed staff to proceed with re-opening the residential recycling depots after being closed due to COVID-19.
The council had considered permanently closing the residential depots due to contamination of the recycling materials leading to loads being rejected by brokers. But when the city conducted a survey to see what the public would like to see happen with the residential recycling program, the majority of respondents indicated they wanted to keep the program.
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1,746 responses to that survey were received. People were given five choices of what they would like to see happen. 60% of respondents said they preferred the option which would keep the residential depots open, open the material recovery facility and raise the residential refuse collection rate by $1.70, according to the city.
Councilman Steve Cathey offered an amendment that would have closed the residential recycling depots. He said that only people who feel strongly about the recycling program were likely to have responded to the survey. Therefore, he said the council shouldn’t raise rates on all in Casper based on that survey.
Cathey’s amendment failed as it received no second. Cathey was the only member of council to vote against the resolution.
While the resolution will raise residential trash collection rates by $1.70 in September, that amount could potentially be reduced. The City of Casper operates residential recycling depots in Bar Nunn, Evansville and Mills at no cost.
The Casper City Council directed staff to negotiate an agreement with the town councils of those communities. If those negotiations are successful, city staff say residential collection rates could be reduced by up to $0.18 per month.
Casper Solid Waste Manager Cynthia Langston said during Tuesday’s meeting that different options for mayors in Bar Nunn, Evansville and Mills have been sent for their consideration.
The city council will re-evaluate the rates in Nov. to see if adjustments are needed. In November, the council will also re-evaluate a 1% rate increase set to go in effect Jan. 1, 2021.
The resolution approved on Tuesday also establishes a commercial recyclable rate of $35 per ton. The city says that rate would be charged to haulers other than the city, such as Glenrock, Douglas or Rawlins haulers, who bring recyclable materials to the material recovery facility.
If you would like to contact members of the Casper City Council regarding this or any other issue, here is their contact information:
Mayor Steve Freel (Ward III, Term expires 1/3/23):
- (307) 259-1276
Vice Mayor Khrystyn Lutz (Ward I, Term expires 1/3/23):
- (307) 359-3673
Councilman Charlie Powell (Ward II, Term Expires 1/5/21):
- (307) 577-6042
Councilman Shawn Johnson (Ward II, Term expires 1/3/23):
- (307) 337-5057
- (307) 277-7377
Councilman Ken Bates (Ward II, Term expires 1/5/21):
- (307) 473-1247
Councilman Steve Cathey (Ward III, Term Expires 1/5/21):
- (307) 262-8237
Councilman Bob Hopkins (Ward I, Term expires 1/5/21):
- (307) 472-1837
Councilman Mike Huber (Ward I, Term expires 1/5/21):
- (307) 266-4188
Councilman Ray Pacheco (Ward III, Term expires 1/3/23):
- (307) 258-1226
Council members can also be reached by mail at: 200 N. David Street, 82601
If you would like to contact members in your specific ward, but don’t know which ward you are in, a map is available at the City of Casper’s website.