Apparently the city is pushing an effort for the residents to start recycling using the blue cans. The new fee of 17.50/month for this service is not just for recycling but is to fund the whole of operations for the City of Suffolk Sanitation Division (I don’t believe this includes sewer/waste-water treatment since that is paid through HRUBS) since the City determined to no longer fund the Division from the General Fund. Therefore the $17.50 includes curbside p/u for recycling, trash/garbage, bulk pick up, salaries, operations, and overhead of the Division.
Here is the site I found for the recycling effort. Please review this site thoroughly to understand the new process.
1. If I don’t want these services, can I choose not to participate (opt out)? All eligible properties in the City of Suffolk will be provided and billed for residential trash and recycling services. Should you choose not to actively participate, the fee will still apply. 2. What if I don’t want to recycle, will I still receive the container? Yes, the City is providing recycling containers to all residences receiving residential trash removal services. We hope you choose to participate, but you will have the container should you choose to do so at a later time. 7. How much is the fee and how is it paid? For the months of July & August, the fee is $13.50/mo. (covers trash pickup only); beginning September 1st (when you receive your containers and recycling begins), the fee is $17.50/mo.; the fee will be on your real estate tax bill (billed twice annually). 10. If my rental property is unoccupied for a substantial period of time, do I still have to pay for services I’m not using? Yes; the service is available, and the fee assessed, to all properties with a valid occupancy permit, even if vacant.17. Why do I have to pay an extra fee for trash pickup when I already pay for the service in my taxes? The cost for refuse collection and recycling services is no longer paid from property taxes collected.18. Who do I contact if I have questions?Please contact our Refuse Hotline at 514-7670.
See ya round the cove….. Todd Breeding Bayberry Cove HOA President 2009-2011 “A Board that works…”