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New Fees for Using Trenton Transfer Station

An increase in fees for the Trenton Transfer Station go into effect July 1.

Residents of Trenton who wish to use the pit or dispose of grass and brush at the must pay a fee of $5 per car, van or SUV and $10 per pick up truck beginning July 1.

At least one resident said the difference in fees for cars and pickup trucks is unfair, but Trenton City Engineer William Hogan said the larger fee prevents people from filling up the bed of a pickup truck and attempting to pay the same as a person with a single bag of yard waste.

However, there is still no charge for recycling newsprint, plastic containers, clear food grade glass, tin and aluminum cans. Empty paint and aerosol cans, and used motor oil will be accepted for recycling at designated areas.

The Transfer Station located at 1801 Van Hord Road is for use by Trenton residents only and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The station is closed on Sunday and Monday and all city observed holidays.

Residents must have a valid Michigan driver's license to use the facility.

Carrie A June 20, 2012 at 12:54 PM
What?!!!! So we pay for the special cans and now we can't take our own over-sized loads to the dump?! What is the loader charge to pick up brush - $50 now? This change in fees was not effectively communicated to residents at all....
Les June 20, 2012 at 01:49 PM
It was DEFINITLY never communicated to the residents. What about the area near the recycling area --where metal is discarded ---what will the fee be for that? The city receives income from the scrap yards for that metal. When will curbside recycling ever make a come back to our city?
Nate Stemen (Editor) June 20, 2012 at 03:01 PM
There is some debate as to the fairness of the new fees. What are your thoughts?
JC June 21, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Charging residents to take their own trash to the dump is unfair. By doing so, they save the City money they pay to have trashed pick up anyway. Eliminating trash keeps the neighborhoods clean and rat-free. I think the City makes enough money from the recylables and metals to offset any costs incurred from citizens using the transfer station. And, what pray tell, are those extra costs to the City? I think this is just a way to circumvent other problems with cash flow.
Web Spin September 09, 2012 at 04:13 PM
The fees and taxes will continue to escalate till we start demanding our city workers make the same wage and work as many hours as we do. Judging as to how far and bad the public allowed the disparity to grow in places like Brazil, Greece, Spain and Italy, that may never happen.

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