Charlotte trash fee change met with skepticism at City budget public hearing

(By Steve Harrison, Charlotte Observer)

A week after Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee proposed eliminating a garbage fee in favor of a property tax increase, the plan has met skeptics who are concerned about its cost and impact on the environment.

Shannon Binns of Sustain Charlotte questioned the plan to eliminate the garbage fee.

His group, which promotes what it says are environmentally sustainable choices for governments and businesses, said it would like to see the city start a “pay as you throw” payment system for garbage.

That system charges residents depending on how much trash they throw away. The city’s Solid Waste Services Department is studying whether the city should implement some form of pay as you throw system.

Such a system would likely need a special garbage fee to move forward. Carlee’s plan would eliminate that fee, for now.

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