Lakeway adjusts recycling and solid waste agreement, increases rates

A rate change agreed to May 15 by Lakeway City Council will increase expenditures in the solid waste fund by $0.74 per residence per month based on approximately 6,925 residences,  amounting to an overall expense increase of about $25,623 per year.nn

A rate change agreed to May 15 by Lakeway City Council will increase expenditures in the solid waste fund by $0.74 per residence per month based on approximately 6,925 residences, amounting to an overall expense increase of about $25,623 per year.nn

Lakeway officials have agreed to a rate hike on its solid waste disposal services agreement of 4.4% during a special meeting May 15.

The rate adjustment, which will remain fixed for at least a year from July 1, came following a March 8 request from Waste Connections of TX, which the city of Lakeway contracts with for its waste and recycling services. The change takes the base rate per residence per month from $16.87 to $17.61, and city documents state the justification for this increase was due to an unusual change regarding the diminished value of recyclables.

In conjunction with the approved addendum to the solid waste services agreement, council also voted on an ordinance increasing the rate residents pay the city per month, from $21.40 to $22.14. City documents state that increase will generate the needed amount of revenue in the solid waste fund to cover the change in base rate in the recycling and solid waste disposal services agreement.

According to city information, the rate change will increase expenditures in the solid waste fund by $0.74 per residence per month based on approximately 6,925 residences. That amounts to an overall expense increase of about $25,623 per year.

City Council Member Louis Mastrangelo said he thoroughly reviewed rate options, and this appeared to be the best way to go.

Mastrangelo said the city needs to continue to educate people on what is happening with recyclables because the city may want to make more adjustments with regard to recycling policies.

Lakeway officials have been working on a new rate agreement with Waste Connections of TX since December 2018, when the company last requested a rate hike in response to a volatile recyclables market.

Waste Connections representative Steve Shannon said at the Dec. 17 Lakeway City Council meeting that in 13 states, recyclables are being thrown in the landfill.

“What’s happened is that the supply right now is much greater than the demand,” Shannon said.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.


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