Fee increase is being encouraged by some in Evansville

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)– Evansville Water and Sewer Utilities is asking for an increase to its recycling fee and now some are saying they hope there is an increase for many reasons.

The proposed recycling fee increase for those in Evansville has some worried about the higher bill. But then there are those who support the cause.

“The rate proposal by Evansville Sewer and Water is because they recognize Tri-State Resource Recovery is no longer able to sustain their Expenses because the revenue has dropped.” Robin Mallery says.

Mallery is one of many who have backed the idea of paying for the increase. EWSU says it is asking for this because places like China aren’t buying recycling from the U.S. And is effecting businesses like Tri-State Resource Recovery and those worried about our environment like Mallery say they understand the impact.

“With the change in China taking being our biggest and market for bundles of cardboard, bundles of plastics, aluminum, etc. there’s a glut of that now in the United States. So the bottom has dropped out for United States buyers of those products,” Mallery explains.

But some don’t agree or think not everyone should be forced into this. That’s what one utility board member tried to explain at the meeting the increase was presented at the end of November. The increase would be phased in over three years. Going from $10.65 per month now to $12.80 in 2020, then $13.05 in 2021, and topping out at 13.30 in 2022.

“Bottom line is we buy many items that have to go into the trash. If we can responsibly recycle as much as possible. And we’re being called upon to pay for that, how could we say no to that?” Mallery says.

The city council will vote on the proposal at the next meeting on December 16th.

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(This story was originally published on December 6, 2019)

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