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Orange County Increases Residential Trash Fee by $10 – Orlando Sentinel

Homeowners in unincorporated Orange County will pay an additional $10 for trash removal services next year.

County commissioners have approved the interim increase, which will appear on 2023 property tax bills.

The hike, which must get final approval by July 15, would bring the annual fee to $260.

The county has raised charges for its 230,000 residential customers in each of the past three years, citing rising costs.

The annual fee was $200 as recently as 2017.

Despite the increase, the county’s annual fee remains lower than other major Florida counties, including Miami-Dade, which charges $484; Palm Beach ($416.33); Broward ($310) and Hillsborough ($289.32). Orange also charges less than Osceola County ($327.43) and the City of Ocoee ($271.44).

But County is more expensive than Orlando ($246); Winter Garden ($228); Winter Park ($224.52) and Apopka ($216.48).

Glenn Kramer of the county’s solid waste division said waste haulers are struggling to retain employees. He blamed “the great quit,” a term labor experts have used to describe the exodus of millions of workers who quit their jobs during the pandemic for jobs that are better paid or better suited to their lifestyles.

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“The carriers are aware of this and they have tried to resolve this issue as best they can,” Kramer told the commissioners.

He said the companies, which work on adjusted contracts every year, have raised wages and offered retention and signing bonuses.

Kramer said carriers were also being hit by supply chain issues for truck parts.

He said some have opted to spend more to increase inventory so they have parts in stock to repair trucks and keep them going.

The county’s annual fee pays for the collection and disposal of household waste, recyclables and yard waste.

Collection costs are by far the largest expense of the solid waste management program, although disposal costs have also increased.

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