BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — During Wednesday’s metro council meeting, some council members debated if increasing the cost of garbage pickup was the right thing to do.

In December, the council approved a contract to collect trash twice a week at a higher cost. The cost to get your garbage picked up will go up by $13 each month.

The meeting was a chance to discuss negations and bring down the cost. Councilmembers had the option to approve a once-a-week garbage collection, which would have increased the fee by $5.50. 

Three members suggested bringing garbage collection to once a week at a lower cost, due to the high cost of everything. That movement did not pass.

Now, the fee increase will begin in March and will go up four percent every year starting in 2024. Residents can rent an extra cart for an additional fee of seven dollars a month. 

City officials say there will be a transitional period for people to adjust to the higher cost.