Chinese tariffs, need for water plant causing hike in utilties

Charles City, Iowa – A local company is feeling the effects of Chinese imports and soon Charles City residents will be feeling them too.

The Charles City Council has approved city recycling rate increases to help offset charges Jendro Sanitation is swallowing.

The company was paid for material picked up, now they’re being charged to have material processed and pay transportation costs to a larger facility for processing.

City Administrator Steve Diers says costs have increased $124 per ton.


According to a letter written to the city from Jendro Sanitation, the company says China’s new program, starting March of 2018, will reduce the amount of recycled material it would take.  There hasn’t been enough of an increase in recycled material processors in the area to absorb extra material.

There will be a $1 dollar per month increase in 35-gallon totes, $1.75 for 65-gallon and $2.50 for 95-gallons.

Residents can see the charge appear on March’s statement.

Charles City sewer rates could be on the rise after the council held the first reading of a resolution outlining a 20 percent hike at Monday night’s meeting.

Brandon Lewis reports.


The charge begins March.


Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.
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