April 06 --The jeers: Jeers to the person who decided to charge a flat fee of $20 for privately owned vehicles to dump in the Ann Street landfill. Previously I made numerous trips to dispose of items that will not be picked up by city trash trucks, such as small quantities of shingles, lumber and rugs.
After being weighed in, dumping and weighed out, the charge was usually about $5 , and never more than $10 .
The residential customer is now being taken advantage of to save the time of weighing the load. At the same time, a contractor with a much larger load gets a real benefit, and the county loses money on him.
To save the cost, some people will dump their trash in the woods or along the road.
- Harry Byard , Fayetteville
About Byard: Byard said he took a large wooden lamp pole to the landfill and saw a sign that said it would cost $20 to dump it there.
"I just thought $20 was a lot of money," he said.
The other side of the jeer: Bobby Howard , Cumberland County solid waste director, said the county changed its landfill fee schedule last July.
Howard said a $20 flat fee is charged for a pickup truck or other privately owned vehicle no matter how big the load. Previously, people were charged by the weight of the load.
There is no charge to dump recyclable material or household garbage, Howard said.
Howard said the change has meant people don't have to wait in line to have their load weighed.
"I have had very few complaints when you think about how many people use (the landfill)," Howard said.
- Rodger Mullen
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