Mayor and Council Approve New Environmental Service Fees

The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday approved 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 residential recycling surcharge initially will be set at 45 cents per month, which would yield an estimated $767,100 per year. The surcharge will be adjusted quarterly in increments of 15 cents when recycling revenues rebound in $250,000 increments. When revenue for recycling exceeds $750,000 annually, the surcharge will end. For commercial accounts, there will be a 5 percent increase in collection fees. Landfill rates for commercial haulers will remain the same. The Council did not approve of a new pricing category for haulers with a guaranteed annual tonnage of 152,000 tons or more.