More trash means more cash.
The volume of waste consumers and businesses throw out increases when the economy is doing well. When the economy is stagnant, volume decreases.
Garbage volumes are up sharply in 2013, according to two local solid waste districts, providing new evidence that the economy in the Akron-Canton area is improving.
In Summit County, trash volumes are up since Jan. 1 and producing a 6.81 percent increase in fees, said Yolanda Walker, executive director of ReWorks, the Summit-Akron Solid Waste Management District.
The increase produced an additional $127,683 for the county agency, she told the agency’s governing board Tuesday.
Walker said it appears that Northeast Ohio’s improving economy produced the added income, and that’s good news, she said.
Generated fees had dropped in the past few years, triggering changes in the agency’s operations.
Summit residents and businesses pay a fee on all waste produced in the county. Its part of the waste-hauling bills customers pay.
Tipping fees haulers paid to the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Solid Waste Management District are up 22 percent this year.
Fees paid on garbage going into the district’s three landfill climbed from $2,022,815 to $2,469,019 from January through August, Finance Director Erica Wright said.
Fees paid by American Landfill in Stark County’s Sandy Township grew from $1,052,204 for the first eight months of 2012 to $1,259,590 in that same time period in 2013, a 19.7 percent increase.
Countywide Recycling and Disposal Facility in Stark County’s Pike Township produced $488,372 in fees, up from $374,034 in the same period in 2012. That is a 30.6 percent increase.
Kimble Landfill & Disposal, west of Dover in Tuscarawas County, saw its fees jump from $596,576 in the fist eight months of 2012 to $721,056 in the same time period in 2013 — an increase of 20.9 percent.
The increased revenue is a result of an “improving economy,” said agency director David Held.
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