The city of Shreveport on Jan. 1 will begin assessing a $2.50 a month fee for residential garbage pickup, plus a $2.50 fee for recycling. Both collection fees will be added to monthly water-and-sewerage bills. In the past, sanitation was part of the city services paid for through tax revenues.What about the people that don't recycle? My mom is 86 years old and has never put anything into her blue bin. It's not that she doesn't care about recycling, but she doesn't sort her trash, she can't carry it outside, and she surely can't roll the bin to the street on Mondays. But it seems she'll have to pay her $2.50 to cover everyone else who recycles. She pays extra for "backyard pickup" so that she doesn't have to drag her garbage to the street.
True, we're only talking about $60 a year, but that's still $60. To senior citizens on a fixed income this is just another rising expense in a list of many chipping away at their monthly income.
This new fee was voted on in November of this year and approved by the City Council in a 5-2 vote. It was apparently precipitated by protesting sanitation workers who drive "rickety trucks" with no A/C. The tax revenue presently collected covers the pickup charges, but the new fee will cover new trucks.
I'd like to know if there's an opt-out option for people that would just prefer to dispose of their own garbage.