Next year, New Albany residents in single-family residential homes will pay 76 cents less per month for waste and recycling collection because of a new three-year contract between the city and Rumpke.
That fee will increase by more than a dollar per month in each of the next two years.
Residents pay $17.02 monthly for a 95-gallon recycling cart and unlimited solid-waste and yard-waste collection, which includes a billing service fee of 80 cents per month, according to Mark Nemec, the city's public-services director.
Under the new contract, residents will pay $16.26 monthly in 2019 for unlimited recycling and waste collection. The monthly fee increases to $17.43 in 2020 and $18.68 in 2021.
New Albany City Council approved the contract Sept. 18, with all four members present voting in favor. Chip Fellows and Marlene Brisk were absent, and one seat is open because Glyde Marsh died Sept. 11.
The prices are a result of bidding New Albany conducted for waste-removal services as part of a consortium with Bexley and Mifflin and Plain townships, Nemec said.
New Albany had the option to continue with the 2018 prices and services in 2019 for no increase and without a processing cost for recycling, he said.
However, starting in 2020, the price would have increased from $17.02 per month by roughly an extra dollar each year because of recycling processing fees, Nemec said.
Instead, New Albany selected an option that "caps" what communities pay at $35 per ton for recycling processing, said Gayane Makaryan, a communications manager for Rumpke. That option includes possible rebates, she said.
Recycling processing fees are affected by the level of contamination for processed materials and whether an end user for the materials can be secured, Makaryan said.
Processed materials can be contaminated when people put nonrecyclable items, such as plastic bags and batteries, in bins, she said. Those items cause a lengthier process to remove the contamination, she said.