Metro Council last night signed off on sweeping changes to the Metro code pertaining to solid waste management, which includes a new pay-as-you-throw program that will be implemented gradually over the next four years.
Under pay as you throw, by 2014 Metro will charge monthly fees –– projected to be $5 or less –– to households that use more than one 96-gallon trash container. The policy would apply solely to those who live in the urban services district, which generally refers to the older, inner core of the city.
The idea is to create a financial incentive to encourage recycling and to divert the volume of waste being delivered to landfills.
According to Metro Public Works Director Billy Lynch, approximately 124,000 households within the urban service district rely on the public works department for trash collection. Of those, 106,000 households use only one container.
In effect, the pay-as-you-throw program targets those 18,000 households that use more than one trash container.