- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The Concord City Council is considering a budget that could have residents paying more to get rid of their trash.

Instead of increasing taxes in 2009, officials opted to ask residents to buy purple trash bags. The city hoped that would reduce waste and encourage recycling. Residents threw out 43 percent less trash and recycled 25 percent more.

The Concord Monitor reports (https://bit.ly/1KfrA53 ) the bag price would jump 25 percent in the new fiscal budget for 2016. The cost of a 15-gallon bag would go from $1 to $1.25; a 30-gallon bag would increase from $2 to $2.50.

City officials say the increase is needed to stop Concord’s solid waste fund from losing money.

If the council approves the budget next month, the new prices would take effect July 1.


Information from: Concord Monitor, https://www.cmonitor.com

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