The Mayor and Tucson City Council next week will be asked to consider a new fee to help fund recycling within the Environmental Services (ES) department. ES says sales of recyclable materials have declined, estimating it will receive no revenue from sales during the next fiscal year. In addition, ES will pay more than $200,000 for processing recyclables.
The proposal recommends the residential surcharge initially be set at 45 cents per month, which would yield an estimated $767,100 per year. When revenue for recycling exceeds $750,000 annually, the surcharge would end. For commercial accounts, the recycling surcharge would be $10 per month for each account. Under the proposal, the recycling surcharge would be adjusted quarterly.
If the City Council decides to move forward with a fee proposal, a public hearing would be held next month.