ROBINSON, TX — Robinson residents will see an increase in their utility bill this month.
According to the City of Robinson, the increase is due to the recent adjustment for solid waste services. The City says U.S. recycling companies have been seeing an impact from recycling bans put in place by China, once the largest customer in the industry, and several other Southeastern Asian countries.
The City says these bans have caused Sunbright Recycling to increase the fees charged to Waste Management from $25 per ton to $70 per ton. According to the City, this would have been reflected in a $0.44 per month increase to residential customers' utility bills. However, the City says City Council decided to waive this increase to customers until July 2019 "since the contract allows for an annual rate adjustment based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
The City says now the fees charged per ton by Sunbright Recycling have increased to $85 per ton since March, causing the $0.44 increase to change to a $0.59 increase per customer account.