(REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.) - Pretty soon, commercial businesses in Rehoboth Beach will have to find a new way to dispose their trash.
On Friday, March 17, Rehoboth Beach Commissioners adopted an Ordinance to Amend Chapter 227 of the Solid Waste Municipal Code, relating to the discontinuation of commercial trash and refuse collection.
The city says it has been operating at a loss on commercial trash pickup. Delaware's Universal Recycling Law requires all commercial businesses to participate in a recycling program; however, the city does not have sufficient staff and equipment to continue operating under this mandated regulation.
The Commissioners' decision to discontinue commercial trash pickup becomes effective Jan. 1, 2018.
City Commissioner Stan Mills said, "As a city we hate to remove services, especially that we have been providing for many decades. And we are aware of smaller business having a difficult time."
Owners like Lauren Romig of the Pelican Loft in Rehoboth says,"The thing that I worry about is when you have a huge shipment. Rehoboth was good and came and helped you out. You need to get rid of the trash for some of the other buildings that don't have the ability to store it."
Customers have the option of continuing and paying for city service July 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2017. If customers plan to contract with a private disposal company prior to the next billing cycle of May 31, 2017, they will need to provide a copy of their new agreement so the city can discontinue their service and avoid charging them for the six month period July-December.
The city will be contacting its commercial customers to provide further information. Questions can be directed to the Communications Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 302-227-2772.