SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) - South Hadley is raising the cost to get rid of your garbage.
Initially South Hadley had a flat annual fee to remove trash. Then a few years ago, they began requiring specific bags the trash needed to go in, and those bags came with an added cost.
People in South Hadley currently pay one dollar for a large trash bag that the town requires in order to remove their garbage. But starting July 1 st, the price of those bags is doubling.
In addition to that, residents will be charged an annual fee of 50 dollars per household. This is all because the current town landfill is closing.
Starting in March of next year the garbage will be trucked out of town, which will cost the town more money, according to the Town Administrator Mike Sullivan.
One resident told 22News these changes have made him recycle more, but he feels frustrated by the extra costs.
"I recycle about 60-70 percent of the waste that I create out of the house and then the rest goes in the bags but it's still a decent amount of money that you spend. I probably put out every 2 weeks, 5 bags," said Christopher Clark of South Hadley.
The town brings in about 288,000 dollars in bag revenue now. They expect that amount to go up to nearly 400,000 dollars once the price increases.
Many stores that sell these bags have had a shortage, because people are buying as many as they can before the price goes up.
Working for you, 22News called local stores to see which ones currently have the bags in stock. Be aware that many of the following stores are limiting the number of bags you can buy.
- Big Y: 44 Willimansett St.
- O'Connell's Convenience Stores: 483 Granby Rd. & 467 Newton St.
- Rocky's Ace Hardware: 487 Newton St.
- Whitewing Mobil: 568 Newton St.
- Stop n Shop:
Lincoln St., Holyoke