Garbage collection fees in Spring Garden Township will increase by 40% in 2023. Municipal garbage collectors attribute it to rising labor and vehicle costs.
According to Penn Waste, the township’s contract waste hauler, quarterly garbage collection costs for homes and small businesses will rise from $69 this year to $97.25 next year.
The company attributes the increase to several factors, including labor costs, fuel costs and insurance premiums. Interest rates, disposal fees and fees for processing recyclables also contribute, according to Amanda Moley, a Penn Waste marketer.
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Township officials did not respond to requests for comment.
Spring Garden Township signed a contract with Penn Waste in 2019, pre-pandemic, extended the contract through 2022, and then renewed in 2023.
“A lot has changed in this short space of time,” says Moley.
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Since 2019, Penn Waste’s loader workforce has grown by 70% and driver wages have risen by 40%, Morley said. Fuel alone has risen 70% from 2019 prices, she said.
The 41% rise is well above overall inflation, which saw the CPI rise by 7.1% in the year to last month. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, inflation has been around 16% since 2019.