PTC may charge trash haulers

Fri, 03/13/2009 - 3:25pm
By: John Munford

Peachtree City is looking into requiring city trash haulers to pay a quarterly fee to be allowed to provide service in the city.

The fee would be charged on a per customer basis, working out to $4 a year in costs. The money would be transferred to Keep Peachtree City Beautiful to fund education programs, and the non-profit would have to develop an annual budget accordingly, said City Manager Bernie McMullen.

Al Yougel of KPTCB said he felt education was crucial to improving recycling in the city.

McMullen said the funding is considered crucial because the city has a number of volunteers active with KPTCB but without funding for them to do their projects, the volunteers might lose their steam.

The city is also hoping the franchise proposal would help the city address liquid spills on city streets that come from trash trucks. One waste hauler pointed out that one way to help is to educate residents not to dispose of liquids in their trash bins.

City Attorney Ted Meeker is reviewing the proposal to determine if it can be implemented. Yougel said such programs are already underway in other cities.

Officials also discussed the possibility of having the non-exclusive franchise contract require recycling, yard waste service (though perhaps as a separate charge) and quarterly reports with tonnage figures for trash and recycling.

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Submitted by nusport on Fri, 03/13/2009 - 3:57pm.

Thank you Peachtree City Mayor and Council for raising current taxes and introducing new ones! The city cannot pay for current services due to revenue shortfall but will introduce a new tax on home owners for a non-profit? Who are the officers and members of this non-profit? Smells fishy!

Submitted by cdl305 on Mon, 03/16/2009 - 1:48pm.

Before you start slinging mud and inuendo, you really should investigate something other than paperwork. It is a very legitimate organization and all are welcome, in fact encouraged to participate. Ahh, but what I find is that those who talk seldom act. If you have the courage, call the executive director and volunteer to clean up your city. It is through the efforts of this person that the recycle program is alive and well, and did not cost the city a penny, in fact saved a bunch. But programs take money (education and materials)and what a better source for the program than from the source of the problem. I have not read where all of the franchise fee is intended for KPTCB, but rather it would be used to support it. Frankly the city needs additional funds to move the recycle center that will have to close when the DOT extends the widening down 74, and the franchise fee is the most practical way to pay.

Submitted by nepotism on Fri, 03/13/2009 - 10:33pm.

Its ironic that KPTCB is registered only under one persons name, this guy is the CEO, CFO and Secretary, no board of directors but the address is a City Address???? Interesting....Wheres the accountability if there is only one person involved?? Hmmmmm.....Where would the funds go? You can see for yourself here.
Sounds like the same scam that guy pulled at Booth Middle Schools Boosters!

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Submitted by Don Haddix on Fri, 03/13/2009 - 4:35pm.

KPTCB does a lot of volunteer work cleaning up litter that saves us a lot of money, recycling collections and other issues that have associated costs.

PTC is also expending a lot of employee hours and money performing clean up.

This is an effort to try to bring those numbers down. If $4.00 a year has any kind of success what is saved in other tax expenditures will far exceed those costs, meaning reduced tax burden elsewhere.

No, just saying catch and fine will not work. We have four path patrol vehicles covering about 92 miles, so they cannot be everywhere at once.

To get rid of such costs PTC needs to eliminate the need. Meaning citizen involvement ranging from not littering to picking up some trash randomly and similar efforts.

There will also be addition of community service time to the effort.

This is a serious problem that is not going away. It costs us all and makes our city look bad.

Don Haddix
PTC Councilman
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Submitted by nusport on Mon, 03/16/2009 - 8:16am.

What is the total projected revenue at $4.00 per household? Why force the trash companies to collect your tax increase? Propose it in the budget and let people know who is to blame for the increase.

Who is the city paying to pick up trash? It just eliminated it's landscaping department. How much has been spent and when did this program begin? I have seen many private citizens picking up trash and I have picked up trash as well but have not noticed a reduction in litter recently. How much money has been thrown at the "clean up crew" that you mention above?

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Submitted by Don Haddix on Mon, 03/16/2009 - 9:01am.

Email and ask for the details you requested.

The idea of being attached to trash was to not allow it to disappear into the budget, but be a reminder of what was going on concerning the issues. Keep it visible.

City employees and volunteers have been picking up trash as long as I can remember. The problem has been growing a long time and growing rapidly over the last few years, as have the clean up efforts.

You don't see a reduction because in spite of all the efforts the littering is outpacing the clean up efforts.

The point is a problem like this should not exist to begin with. It is a people created problem that can go away almost overnight if people stopped littering.

Don Haddix
PTC Councilman
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Submitted by Spyglass on Mon, 03/16/2009 - 10:38am.

I regularly pick up trash when I take a cart ride. And some folks look at me like I'm crazy. Plastic grocery store bags are perfect to put on the cart to pick up after the litterbugs.

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