QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT
YOUR GARBAGE FEE
What is the current fee for garbage disposal?
Where does this fee go?
What does this fee cover?
How much garbage will be picked up at each house?
There is a limit of eight (8) total bags of household garbage pickup per week. However, only waste from the households served is to be collected and building construction materials are not included in the residential service. Sharp objects must be placed in a protective container to avoid injury to personnel loading garbage trucks.
Customers are asked to:
The ideal arrangement is:
What laws control solid waste disposal?
Federal and state law allows solid waste disposal only in approved facilities. Counties must make such facilities available under state law. State law allows water and sewer authorities to provide solid waste collection and disposal, as well as to charge for these services.
Who is required to pay for garbage pick up service?
Do recyclers or small households get a lower fee?
Yes. Low volume users are charged $13.00 per month. Low volume users may have one thirty-two gallon size trash container emptied every two weeks. Low volume users must pay for all items taken to the landfill.
What is a non-user service?
Under state law, if a household chooses not to have PSA collection service, the are only required to pay 85% of the cost of the service. This fee covers the cost of making this service available (landfill development, purchase of garbage trucks, etc.). Currently, the household non-user fee is $10.00 per month. Non-users are not charged for taking household garbage to the landfill.
Can fees be raised without the public getting notice and a chance to comment?
No! All rate increases by the PSA require a 90-day public notice and a public hearing. A public hearing was held prior to the establishment of the current rate and future hearings will be held with any future rate changes.
Is the renter or landowner responsible for the garbage fee?
Under state law, the landowner is ultimately responsible for the fee. The landowner may arrange for the renter to pay the fee. If the renter pays, a deposit equal to three months bills will be charged. The deposit will be applied to any unpaid bill. If the landowner notifies the PSA when the renter moves, the landowner should avoid any cost. If a renter doesnt pay for this service, the PSA will discontinue service. Upon request by the landowner, the PSA will notify the landowner of discontinuance for non-payment.
What is being done to hold fees down?
Pulaski County founded the New River Resource Authority to provide the safest, most cost effective solid waste disposal on a regional basis. Currently the Authority serves the county, City of Radford and towns of Pulaski and Dublin, as well as Montgomery and Giles counties.
Garbage service is a separate enterprise fund. Fees are increased only to cover increased operating expenses.
What happens if I cannot pay?
Non-payment will result in termination of service. The household will be placed on non-user status. Charges will accrue at 10% late payment penalty and 10% annual interest. After three months, all outstanding balances will be secured by a lien against the property.
May I pay in advance?
Yes. Advance payment will be credited against future bills in whatever amounts desired by the PSA customers. Advance payment will reduce the inconvenience of monthly or quarterly payments.
Where can I pay my bill?
Bills should be paid using the envelope included with your bill. Bills may also be paid at: 1) Pulaski County Treasurerís Office, 2) National Bank of Blacksburg (NBB) in Pulaski, 3) Dublin Town Center, or 4) Fairlawn Bookkeeping Services.