New fines and increased fees are forcing a local disposal company to cut back on services.
Hudgins Disposal recently sent a letter to its customers letting them know recycling would now be picked up once a month and contaminated bins not at all.
The change comes after the company received a letter from Waste Management outlining hefty fines and increased processing fees for contaminated loads.
“If that’s what they have to do in order to be profitable then that’s just the way it is,” said Mount Juliet resident Cary Brown, a Hudgins’ customer.
According to the letter, Waste Management’s new fees come from China’s decision to only take a percentage of contaminated recycling.
“The bottom line is if Waste Management’s costs go up then they have to pass that along,” said Brown.
Hudgins, a family-owned company since 1962, said this is the first time it has ever had to cut back on service. They said it’s a move they have to make to keep up with costs.
“People don’t count that costs of having to sort everything out and then what if you don’t get it properly sorted,” Brown said.
Many times people are unaware of what contaminates recycling like food, hoses or wire - and the biggest one - plastic bags.
“I would have never guessed that. Plastic's plastic I would think,” said Tracy Moreland, who lives in Mount Juliet.
News4 reached out to Waste Management about the new costs but have not received a response.
If you’re confused about what to recycle check out Waste Management’s website.
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