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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Solid waste disposal rates going up at Ocala transfer station

The county has increased solid waste disposal rates and flat-rate disposal fees for cars, trucks, and other vehicles without trailers at Ocala’s most trafficked landfill in an effort to “offset rising costs.”

According to a statement issued by the county, the new rates went into effect on Wednesday, May 1.

“Marion County Solid Waste announces increased rates to offset rising costs of solid waste disposal while ensuring the sustainability of waste management services at the Baseline Transfer Facility,” reads the statement.

The flat-rate disposal fee for cars without trailers is now $10, while the new flat-rate disposal fee for trucks, SUVs, and vans without trailers is $20. The new rate for solid waste disposal, including metal, is $60 per ton.

In comparison, in October 2020, the county increased its solid waste disposal “gate rate” from $42 per ton to $45 per ton. At the time, the flat-rate disposal fee for cars without trailers was $5, and the flat-rate disposal fee for trucks, SUVs, and vans without trailers was $10. Those wanting to pay by weight saw an increase from $2.10 per 100 pounds to $2.25 per 100 pounds.

Now, for customers who choose to pay per pound, the fee is $3 for every 100 pounds.

Disposal of yard waste, which includes trees, leaves, and grass, will now cost $37.50 per ton. Disposal of specialty items like car and small truck tires will now cost $150 per ton, while disposal of larger tires will cost $265 per ton.

Although residents may still dispose of five gallons or less of paint each day for free at all facilities in the county, commercial contractors will now have to pay 50 cents per pound or $1,000 per ton for paint disposal.

The Baseline Transfer Facility is located at 5601 SE 66th Street in Ocala and is open six days a week, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition to the Baseline landfill and recycling center, there are four other Ocala-area recycling centers among Marion County’s 18 facilities.

Residents of incorporated areas within the county, businesses, and those wanting to dispose of more than what is accepted at the county’s 18 recycling centers generally use the Baseline Transfer Facility.

Marion County residents who live in unincorporated areas of the county pay an annual assessment fee to have free access to the 18 recycling centers in the county. Those residents also have the option to contract with independent franchise haulers for curbside pickup and other services.