The city of Upper Arlington has announced a 50-cent hike in the price of Solid Waste stickers, effective Jan. 1.

The city of Upper Arlington has announced a 50-cent hike in the price of Solid Waste stickers, effective Jan. 1.

The price will rise from $2.40 to $2.90 each. Stickers purchased at the previous price of $2.40 will continue to be honored.

In addition, the annual Solid Waste service fee will increase to $40 for the period of April 1, 2011, through March 31, 2012. This fee applies to all households - including single-family homes, apartments and condominiums - with an invoice to be mailed early in the New Year, along with the annual stormwater bill.

According to a news release from the city, the service fee helps spread the costs for providing all components of solid waste service to the community more evenly across the community. The cost for premium "at the door" service remains at $150 per year, payable as part of the annual bill.

Reasons for the increased cost, the news release states, include the collapse of the paper recycling market, formerly a source of revenue for the city, and an increase in tipping fees at the landfill. It was also noted that the current fee structure, implemented in 2008, was designed for a three-year period, and that the amount of residents' solid waste output has decreased.

Additional information on the Solid Waste program can be found at www.uaoh.net. Questions about the fee structure may be directed to the city's finance department at 583-5280.