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Pasco County, Fla., May Cut Trash Pickup to Incentivize Recycling

In addition, the county has proposed a higher assessment for property owners to fund waste and recycling collection.

In an attempt to boost the recycling rate in Pasco County, Fla., the county has proposed cutting trash pickup from twice a week to once a week. Instead, haulers would pick up paper, plastics and glass weekly rather than twice a month.

In addition, the county has proposed a higher assessment for property owners to fund waste and recycling collection.

The Tampa Bay Times has more:

The proposals from the county utilities department are part of a multi-pronged approach to both defer and help finance an expensive but inevitable alternative — expanding the county's trash-burning plant in Shady Hills. Adding to the plant, now operating near or at capacity, is projected to cost $190 million and county officials hope to delay the project until 2030.

"This thing causes me much stress,'' said Flip Mellinger, assistant county administrator for utilities. "A $190 million expansion, we don't have money to pay for it. How are we going to solve that? This is a challenge.''

The department's plan, presented to commissioners at a Nov. 15 workshop, calls for increasing the annual $62 solid waste assessment by $2 per household. The increase would be put set aside to help finance the expansion. Currently, owners of nearly 200,000 parcels in the county pay the annual assessment.

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