Michael Tomsic

Charlotte residents had their first chance to comment Monday night on the city’s proposed budget, which includes a property tax hike. But most of the speakers focused on something that’s not in the budget.

It’s been 20 years since city officials updated Charlotte’s trash pickup policies. The proposed changes they are considering have many residents seeing red.


Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee Monday night recommended raising property taxes as part of his plan to make up for a large city budget gap. Carlee told City Council the bump of almost 2 cents per $100 of property value would bring in enough revenue to cover the cost of Charlotte’s residential trash service. So what does that mean for the “pay-as-you-throw” trash plan under deliberation last year? 


There’s been a lot of trash talk in Charlotte recently. And no, we don’t mean college basketball. The city is studying pay-as-you-throw garbage service as a way to reduce the amount of trash we send to the landfill.

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The city of Charlotte is looking at changing the way its residents pay for trash collection, from a flat fee to a “pay-as-you-throw” system. 

Cabarrus County Plans 15-Acre Compost Facility

Apr 5, 2013
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Composting ... has a certain ick factor. But Cabarrus County commissioners are trying to make it cool and are working on converting 15-acres of one of their landfills into a composting facility.