North Adams residents will soon pay more to dispose of their trash.

The Berkshire Eagle  reports ,citing a rise in the cost of removing solid waste from the transfer station, the city will increase its rates for those who take their garbage there in fiscal 2020, which begins July 1.

"To get rid of our solid waste, our contract went up 2.07 percent," said city Administrative Officer Michael Canales. "We also saw additional increases in other line items — in particular, we now have an employee who is taking a family [health insurance] plan."

The price of 15-gallon trash bags will increase from $1 to $1.25, while the price of a 33-gallon trash bag will jump from $2.25 to $2.50.

For commercial haulers who pay via the scale, the rate will increase from $0.0569 per pound to $0.0633 per pound of general refuse.

The new rates, which received the recommendation of the City Council's public services committee, were approved Tuesday by the council.

In a separate action Tuesday, the City Council approved the use of $42,942 from the transfer station reserve account to purchase new bins that hold solid waste, and recycled paper and plastic at the transfer station.

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