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DeLand garbage pickup to cost more

A survey of trash-pickup prices — City of DeLand officials used this chart to illustrate to city commissioners that even a new higher charge of $12.23 a month for a single-family residence is lower than the monthly rates in most nearby communities. However, many of those communities with higher rates offer twice-a-week pickup, and DeLand residents get only one. In the “type of collection service” column, “msw” is regular garbage pickup, “recy” is recycling service, and “grw” is yard-waste collection. The nu

A survey of trash-pickup prices — City of DeLand officials used this chart to illustrate to city commissioners that even a new higher charge of $12.23 a month for a single-family residence is lower than the monthly rates in most nearby communities. However, many of those communities with higher rates offer twice-a-week pickup, and DeLand residents get only one. In the “type of collection service” column, “msw” is regular garbage pickup, “recy” is recycling service, and “grw” is yard-waste collection. The numerals indicate the times per week the various services are offered. In the commercial column, “open mkt” means commercial customers are free to shop on the open market for waste-hauling for their businesses.

GRAPHIC COURTESY CITY OF DELAND

DeLand city commissioners on May 15 approved a five-year extension of the city’s waste-pickup contract with Waste Corporation of America — including an increase in garbage pickup rates.

The cost of residential service will increase from $9.86 to $12.23 per month; the cost of pickup at the back door will remain at $14.68 monthly.

Even with the 24-percent rate increase, the City of DeLand will still have lower rates than many other Volusia County communities.

“We are still the lowest in the region on the residential side,” Director of Public Works Demetris Pressley told the City Commission.

Commercial pickup rates will increase from $5.07 per cubic yard to $7.20 per cubic yard. Businesses using toters will pay $14.36 per toter per month, up from $11.58.

Along with the rate changes, WCA will begin working with the City of DeLand to develop the “Re-Think Waste” initiative — a plan to educate residents about waste and recycling through a variety of media outlets, social media, a website, mail, publications and more.

“A lot of times, there are items that are recyclable that are sent to the waste side,” Pressley said.

The Re-Think Waste program aims to educate residents about what is and is not recyclable, as well as how and where to recycle items.

“We want to streamline how we recycle,” Pressley said.

The new pricing will begin Oct. 1, and continues through Sept. 30, 2022.

- A. Janell Williams, janell@beacononlinenews.com

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