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City garbage, recycling rates to increase in March
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For the first time in 16 years, the city of Cumming customers will soon see a price increase for garbage and recycling pickup.

At a work session on Tuesday, Jan. 4, members of the Cumming City Council voted 3-0, with Councilmen Chad Crane and Joey Cochran absent, to approve garbage and recycling rate increases for customers in the city, which will go into effect at the beginning of March. 

“After discussing this with the owner of the company, I have a new proposal to offer to you tonight,” said City Administrator Phil Higgins. “Red Oak [Sanitation, Inc.] can split the increase into two categories, two different tiers: one for customers that choose to recycle and one for those who do not.”

Higgins said the new monthly rates would be $18 per month for residential garbage pickup, $22 for residential garbage and recycling, $23 for commercial garbage and $27 for commercial garbage and recycling. 

For residential customers, rates rose $3 for those who only have garbage collected and $7 – $3 for garbage and $4 for recycling – for those who want both collected 

City street department pickups for special items like yard debris, furniture and old mattresses will remain free, Higgins said.

“After investigating the rates of other contractors and researching what residents of neighboring communities are paying for this service, I recommend approving this new rate structure to begin on March 1, 2022,” Higgins said. 

Mayor Troy Brumbalow said customers would be notified before the prices went up

“We’re going to send a letter out explaining it to all the customers before it takes effect,” he said. 

City leaders previously discussed the increase at the council’s meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 21, where Higgins said the increase was due to market factors, such as prices of fuel, dumping fees and personnel costs, increases which he said the city had seen across industries. 

At that meeting, Higgins said about 30% of city customers use the recycling option and the increase would be the first since January 2005.