A new study says that residents of Texas, a state known for its trash, could be paying more than $1.7 million a year to remove garbage.
A Texas Waste Removal Services report, released Thursday, estimated that an average resident of the Lone Star State would have to fork over $1,721 per year just to clear their trash.
That number includes $1 for every trash bag they dispose, plus a fee to be deducted from the garbage haul.
“This is going to be a huge cost for our city and county,” said City of Houston spokeswoman Jen Smith.
“The people who need to get rid of this garbage and our waste are the people who live and work in the city.”
Texas residents are required to pay $25 a year for garbage pickup in the City of Harris County, which covers most of the city of Houston.
But that’s not the whole picture.
The report estimates that a person living in the county of Harris alone would have a cost of $6,819 for garbage removal services in 2015.
Smith said that the study is based on a survey of trash-collection facilities in Harris County and doesn’t include waste from other areas.
The study is not intended to determine if the cost of trash removal is too high, she said.
Smith also said that Texas’ trash fee has decreased dramatically over the past decade, and that the number of garbage collection facilities in the state has grown by more than 50 percent.
The countywide waste fee is about $1 per bag of garbage, according to the report.
The study said that trash costs vary depending on whether the service is delivered by private companies or municipal contractors.
The Texas Waste Removals Service said the average price of garbage removal is $6.40, according, to the Texas Waste Management Association.
A private contractor, however, would pay $5.70 for a service delivered by a private company.
State Rep. Dan Coughlin, D-Houston, is the author of a bill that would eliminate the fee in the future, the Houston Chronicle reported.
The Texas Department of State Health Services is conducting the study.