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January 2, 2008

Clinton County Landfill fees go up

Hike will be passed through to customers in Clinton County

PLATTSBURGH -- Fees at the Clinton County Landfill are up with the start of the new year.

Tipping fees for in-county trash have increased from $56.31 per ton to $57.26 for a 95-cent hike.

The increase is being passed on to customers of private haulers throughout the county.

"We all have to deal with rising prices," said Ronald Rinn of R. Rinn Light Hauling.

"But this increase is fair, I think."


The dump increase is to largely cover fuel and labor costs at the landfill.

The landfill is leased by Casella Waste Systems, operating at the landfill as New England Waste Services of N.Y. Inc.

The agreement with the county began in 1996, and tipping fees were set at $54.75 per ton for the first 10 years of the deal.

Last year, they went up to $56.31 per ton.

In a letter to haulers and residents, landfill General Manager Craig Squires wrote, "In conjunction with this past year's Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflationary rate and in accordance with the Operational Management Lease with Clinton County, it has become necessary to adjust the disposal tip fees to reflect increases in the facility's operational costs."

All other disposal fees, for items such as tires, brush, appliances and electronics, will remain at the existing rates.

Rinn said he had to pass on the tip-fee increase to his customers. He raised rates anywhere from 50 cents per month to $1 a month, depending on the amount of trash they put out.

"Fuel costs for us are unreal, so we have to make up for that, too," Rinn said.

"But I'd rather see a slight increase like this than a fuel surcharge at the landfill."

Rinn said that, despite the increase, his rates still remain competitive, coming in at $22.68 per month in the City of Plattsburgh and $29.43 outside the city.

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