Tipping rates at the Dothan landfill are going up. There hasn't been a rate increase in 18 years, and now the city says they need to charge more just to break even.
As the Director of Dothan Public Works, Jerry Corbin, said, "It hasn't been increased since 1990, and obviously our cost of operation has. Everyone knows what gas costs are doing, and we're not immune to that."
Rates are moving from 28 to 38 dollars a ton. The state of Alabama is requiring a one dollar increase. The other nine will help the city to break even. The move will affect many businesses in the area.
Corbin said, "There’s between 90 to 100,000 tons a year that goes into our landfill from household stuff to pine straw."
The Dothan landfill has between three and five years left before it is full and that means city officials are planning now for what will happen in the future.
Corbin said, "This time we would like a privatization to see the feasibility of this, between doing that, and staying in the landfill business."
City officials say they realize some businesses may look elsewhere to process their garbage because of the rate increase, and say that may be a blessing in disguise, as it will increase the life of the landfill.
A recent study shows Dothan should be charging 59 dollars a ton to process garbage, but officials say 38 dollars should be enough for them to stay out of the red.