A front-end loader moves recyclable material at the new recycling center at the San Juan County Landfill in 2012.
A front-end loader moves recyclable material at the new recycling center at the San Juan County Landfill in 2012. (Daily Times File Photo)

FARMINGTON — Farmington will likely increase its garbage service rates by a little more than 1 percent during a city council meeting Tuesday night.

"Our prices automatically go up. It's in the contract," City Manager Rob Mayes said.

Since 2008 the city has contracted sanitation services with Waste Management, and each year the contract's rates need to be adjusted to meet the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index.

This year, the ordinance that calls for a sanitation service rate increase proposes a 1.134 percent rise, which is 75 percent of the index, according to city documents. The rates help pay for the city's recycling center, located at San Juan County's dump.

If approved, the rate increase will become affective on July 1.

The rate increases would affect seven services.

Recycling and standard residential garbage services for up to four garbage bins would rise by 13 cents to $15.51. The rates for additional bins would rise by 3 cents to $2.90.

Low-income residential discount service rates would rise by 12 cents to $10.81.

Business rates would rise by 18 cents to $17.62, and rates for additional garbage bins would rise by 18 cents to $15.87.

Commercial rates for large garbage bins also would increase. Bins 1.5 cubic yards or less in volume would cost $44.08 to be removed once a week and $222.02 seven times a week. Bins 8 cubic yards in volume would cost $145.66 for removal once a week and $605.41 seven times a week. Most dump trucks can haul about 10 cubic yards.

Contractor installation of non-automatic locks on garbage bin lids would rise by 4 cents to $3.13. Automatic bin lock installation for residential customers will rise by 5 cents to $4.76, and installing automatic locks on commercial bins will rise by 11 cents to $9.52.

Customers would pay more if garbage men or women have to haul bins from behind locked gates or have to perform other task beyond quickly loading the bins into their truck. These collections would cost $10.23 once a week and $71.54 seven times a week.

Commercial container cleaning rates would rise by 90 cents, to $80.54.

City council will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at City Hall.

Dan Schwartz covers government for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4606 and dschwartz@daily-times.com. Follow him @Dan_J_Schwartz on Twitter.