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W-B Mayor Proposes Garbage Bag Price Increase Instead Of Sticker System

November 16, 2017 GMT

WILKES-BARRE — Mayor Tony George has shifted gears on his plan for garbage collection next year, proposing to increase the price for blue garbage bags by 60 cents rather than switch to a sticker system.

In a resolution he submitted for consideration at council’s work session and meeting on Tuesday, George proposes raising the fee for 30-gallon bags from $2 to $2.60, and the fee of 15-gallon bags from $1.25 to $1.85.

In his 2018 budget presentation last month, the mayor had proposed charging a flat rate of $2.50 for city stickers that residents would buy and then attach to any garbage bag of their choosing.

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A representative of the company that supplies the city’s garbage bags advised against the plan at a council work session earlier this month, saying the city would not realize as much revenue as the mayor predicted with a switch to a sticker system.

Check back at citizensvoice.com later for an updated story.

Contact the writer: smocarsky@citizensvoice.com, 570-821-2110, @SteveMocarskyCV

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