The five-year contract effective Jan. 1, 2013, requires a minimum average of 100 tons a day — down from 125 tons a day — to rate the $21.25 per ton tipping fee. It’s also based on five days of dumping instead of the previous 5.25 days.
“A new provision is, if they fall below the
minimum they’re charged the standard fee for the month,” County Manager Blaine Williams said. “And we’re not counting what they bring on Saturdays.”
Rome and Floyd County share ownership of the landfill and the contract was approved by both boards of commissioners.
The joint Solid Waste Commission recommended the new minimum tonnage because Allied was having trouble making its 125-ton average in the down economy. However, the company has dipped below 100 tons a day only one month since the first preferential contract went into effect in 2008.
The SWC initially agreed to a discount for its largest customer after Walker Mountain lost more than $1 million from Allied’s 2006 decision to haul its waste to Ball Ground.
Under the original contract, Allied’s monthly disposal was to average between 125 and 250 tons a day. In return, the company was charged a $20-a-ton tipping fee instead of the $25-a-ton rate offered to haulers who brought in a minimum average of 65 tons a day.