The town of Princeton will being paying more for less trash over the next two years.
The Princeton Council Monday night approved a new contract with Central Jersey Waste that includes a major fee hike.
Princeton will pay Central Jersey Waste $73.45 per ton to haul trash this year, and $74.49 per ton next year, and increase of $22.04 per ton.
The town will pay an estimated $798,896 total to Central Jersey for trash hauling for the next two years, which is an increase of more than $200,000 over what the town paid the previous two years. The fee is based on an estimate of the town producing 420 tons of trash per month.
During the consolidation process, officials estimated how many tons of trash the consolidated Princeton would generate. Elected officials often bragged about how the town was producing less waste and saving money. Some officials credited the food recycling program for significantly lowering the trash tonnage sent to the landfill, though there was never a definitive reason given for why the tonnage was down.
Officials now say the calculations for the consolidated Princeton were off. They overestimated the amount of trash the consolidated Princeton would generate, and developed a per ton fee in partnership with waste haulers based on that estimate. Trash haulers who bid on the new contract jacked up the price per ton to make up for the lower volume.
Only two companies bid on the new contract, and Central Jersey Waste was the lowest bidder.