Why are we being charged for bulky waste?

The purpose of charging for bulky waste is to help cover the cost of running the Transfer Station, which helps keep the cost down for permit holders and tax-payers. The costs to haul away solid waste and recycling are increasing and bulkier items take up room in the dumpster creating higher disposal expense. Currently, taxpayers are subsidizing the cost of disposing of large bulky waste. The best way to reduce bulky waste, and therefore the cost of running the Transfer Station, is to charge for it. 

 A two-week study was conducted at the Transfer Station where the prices for bulky waste items were applied to items on the list being thrown away during those two weeks. In that time, $3,600 would have been collected. This money will help offset the disposal costs and it will not create a profit.

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1. Why are we being charged for bulky waste?
2. Instead of charging for bulky items, why not raise the permit fee?
3. I paid for my Transfer Station permit for the year expecting it would cover everything I want to drop off at the Transfer Station. Why isn’t bulky waste included in the fee I paid?
4. Why isn’t this being implemented on the new permit cycle?
5. How were the fees determined?
6. What qualifies as a bulky item?
7. Is this related to Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT)?
8. How will the Swap Shed function? Will items left there be charged?
9. Will I be charged for items that can be recycled, such as wood or metal?
10. What about plastic? Isn’t it recyclable?
11. How does the Transfer Station intend to manage this new program?
12. How does the payment work?
13. What is the difference between a rug and a carpet?
14. Can residents with private haulers dispose of bulky waste at the Transfer Station?