For the first time in 20 years, Volusia County is increasing the charges for getting rid of garbage, trash, construction debris and other unwanted items.
“This is the first time we’ve updated since 2002,” county Public Works Director Benjamin Bartlett said.
The County Council has approved new rates for dumping solid waste at the Tomoka Landfill. One bit of good news is that the new fees do not go into effect until Oct. 1 of next year.
Under the fee schedule adopted by the County Council Nov. 15, the costs of dumping household garbage will rise from $34 to $37 per ton. The charge for disposing of yard waste will rise from the current $23 to $30 per ton. The fee hikes will most likely result in higher annual assessments for solid-waste collection and disposal.
Bartlett noted the rate increases are necessary to pay for the design and expansion of disposal sites at the landfill; designing and securing permits for stormwater control, as well as constructing the system; and improving the West Volusia Transfer Station.
“These are costs that we have to come up with the money for,” he said.
Kessler Consulting Inc., a Tampa firm, has identified the cost of the landfill’s capital needs at $77 million, while some $6.7 million of improvements are needed at the West Volusia Transfer Station. The Transfer Station is located at 3151 E. New York Ave. in DeLand, across from the Volusia County Fairgrounds.
“West Volusia material is brought to the West Volusia Transfer Station in DeLand, then hauled to the Tomoka Landfill by tractor trailer for disposal,” notes the county’s webpage on the Tomoka Landfill.
The dump located west of Port Orange receives waste from each of the cities in Volusia County, as well as the unincorporated areas.
The Tomoka Landfill, the webpage also notes, covers 3,400 acres and has a life expectancy until 2052.
Volusia County’s Solid Waste Division has a 2022-23 budget of $44.9 million. County officials estimate the increases in dumping charges will yield an additional $3.6 million in new yearly revenues.