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Recycling rates to go up in 2022 for rural residents

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Residents of Alamance County’s unincorporated areas will pay more for their curbside recycling in 2022, according to rate hike notifications that were shared with the county’s elected leaders earlier this week.

In an announcement to the county’s board of commissioners on Monday, Alamance County’s manager Bryan Hagood revealed that the recycling rates are about to go up for customers of both Republic Services and Waste Industries, which provide curbside recycling to unincorporated residents in the northern and southern parts of the county respectively.

Hagood told the county’s governing board that the county’s franchise agreements with both of these companies had prevented them from increasing their rates for the first two years of the contracted terms. Hagood added that this two-year prohibition will officially expire in the first quarter of 2022. Each company has consequently notified the county that it intends to raise its rates by 9.42 percent when the moratorium on rate hikes is lifted next year.

Hagood told the commissioners that, in each instance, the proposed 9.42 percent increase is tantamount to the cumulative change that has occurred in the consumer price index since the company’s contract went into effect.

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