Elimination Of Trash Fees Take Effect Next Month In Columbus

The Columbus City Council voted unanimously to eliminate the trash fees in the city.

Columbus trash bin

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Mayor Kristen Brown campaigned on eliminated the trash fees.

Columbus City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to eliminate monthly trash disposal fees.

Columbus Mayor Kristen Brown approached the council about repealing the fees this past March. Brown says many Columbus residents were upset about the fees.

“This is something that the majority of the people wanted. I would chock it up to a win on the part of the people in this town who their voices weren’t heard when this was initially passed. And this administration and city council now have repealed them based on that public input,” she says.

Brown says even though the fees currently generate about $1.4 million in revenue per year, the city will still be able to operate because of other budget cuts.

City Council member Jim Lienhoop says he and others were convinced by the Mayor’s proposal but also voted to keep a fee for removal of a second bin of trash.

“If you have a second toter or an extra toter, you need to understand that there is an extra cost associated with that,” he says. “And that maybe there’s a little bit of an incentive for you to find a way to recycle more and throw away less.”

The change will take effect next month and Columbus residents will receive a notice about optional payment of the trash fee with their upcoming utility bills.

Julie Rawe

Julie is Assistant Producer of Noon Edition. In addition to reporting for WFIU, she also works as an intern for NPR's State of the Re:Union. She is a graduate of Indiana University where she studied French, anthropology, and African studies.

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