orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

April 23, 2013

County to charge for use of Orange County collection site

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — An increase of participants at the Orange County Collection Site is causing trouble with the budget.

Open top compactors were installed at the location earlier this year which was suppose to help lower the operating costs of the site.

The number of people using the site has doubled and could cause the costs for the location to exceed the budget.

“I don’t know if it is because more people are aware of it being there,” County Engineer Carl Slacum said during Commissioners Court on Monday. “But the estimate of savings was based on the number of people using it at that time. It cannot be done on the budget now.”

Slacum also said he believes it is being used by commercial companies.

There is a sign at the gate that says “No Contractors”.

The facility will start charging for the use of the site.

“The site is suppose to be for citizens,” County Judge Carl Thibodeaux said. “It is my observation that people are using the collection site instead of buying garbage service.”

Thibodeaux said he was at the site a week earlier.

The court agreed to start a sticker program which would be placed on the vehicle to prove residency to Orange County and a punch card system.

Commissioner  Pct. 1 David Dubose did not like the idea of charging residents for a sticker for the recycling collection at the same location.

The court agreed on a yellow sticker for proof of residency and green stick for recycling.  The sticker for recycling tentatively will be free.

“If a problem develops we can tweak the program,” Thibodeaux said. “We have been discussing this for five years.”

Tentatively the sticker will cost $5 and a punch card will be $20. The number of holes punched will depend on how much is being dropped off at the site. The card is to keep from having to handle money at the location. The new fees will go into effect June 1, 2013.