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Hard reality of recycling: It's time to pay the price


August 22, 2018

As we’ve observed the move this summer to increase local trash collection rates to accommodate rising costs of recycling, we reluctantly acknowledge the outcome but we definitely are bothered by the process.

While we aren’t big fans of the arrangement between the city and Sweet Home Sanitation to automatically increase trash collection rates rates in the city annually based on the Consumer Price Index, we understand why Sweet Home Sanitation might want it that way.

In 2015, a couple of councilors dickered over what amounted to a rate hike of about 14 cents per month at the request of S...

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