by Todd Wellington
The cost of hauling nonresidential waste in the Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District will be going up this fall.
The district recently sent out letters to registered district haulers, informing them that the new surcharge for hauling commercial, industrial, and construction and demolition waste and debris will be $16.65 per ton.
The new rate, which will become effective Sept. 1, is the second increase since January, when the surcharge was $12.90.
Since the new waste district budget was voted in, haulers have been paying a surcharge of $14.12.
At least one hauler isn't pleased with the new increase. "This area can't afford it," said Rapid Rubbish owner Dick Corman. "Come on, this isn't Burlington, you know!"
However, district officials say the increase is just part of the budget process. "The towns voted on the budget and the supervisors approved the adjustments," explained waste district Chairman David Dill. "They look at income sources, both residential and nonresidential. It's not unusual to expect adjustments on either side."