Gayle Wilson, director of the Orange County Solid Waste Management Department, presented two new funding options to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night. The fees will pay for services such as curbside recycling and convenience centers.
“The last couple of years have been unusual because not a lot of these fees were charged to people,” said George Seiz, director of public works for Carrboro. “It was somewhat of a legal question.”
In the past two years, Orange County residents have only had to pay for the $47 annual basic recycling fee.
Former fees included $52 per year for urban curbside recycling and $38 per year for rural residents, but the fee was last billed to residents in 2012. In recent years, those costs have been covered by Solid Waste Management reserve funds instead.
The Solid Waste Advisory Group, consisting of representatives from each elected board in Orange County, convened in August to suggest new funding options.