Trash talk is buzzing through Hilton Head Island neighborhoods ever since some families got the notice that their trash pick-up bills will increase by triple the price.
The Town of Hilton Head Island ends their contract with Republic Services on March 31. The town says Republic Services will still offer its service in town at a higher price, but the market will reopen to any company that wishes to haul garbage from Hilton Head Island.
However, some residents feel the change will only make for higher prices among all haulers, and longer lines at the public waste disposal centers.
"It's just too much. It's absolutely too high to pick up my trash," Phil Propst says.
When his neighbors told him about the rate increase from $55 to $155 per quarter for weekly trash pick-up, he says he is glad he takes out the trash himself. He hauls his garbage by pick-up truck to the waste disposal center off of Dillon Road.
"It's already more expensive than I wanted to pay. I understand it's going to triple. No way will I use it now," Propst says.
Town engineer Scott Liggett says it all started when Republic Services opted to end their contract with the Town.
"That part of the residential market that was previously covered by the town's franchise will return to the private market," Liggett says.
When the contract ends March 31, the Town will wash its hands of regulating trash hauling, except for licensing procedures for other companies looking to enter the market. Liggett says hopefully the added companies will drive down the rates.
But Propst says he would rather haul the trash himself, than throw away his money.
"You've got a hard enough budget to try to meet in today's time, much less trying to meet this triple cost that's going to go on now," he says.
His neighbors who pay for trash hauling will have the choice of renewing their contract and paying more for Republic Services, shopping for another hauler with competitive prices, or quitting the service and hauling to the local dump themselves.
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