Published: Dec 07, 2010 11:59 PM EST
Updated: Dec 07, 2010 8:59 PM EST

CAPE CORAL, Fla - Cape Coral leaders are talking trash.

Tuesday people from the city met with Waste Pro representatives to discuss ways to lower bills for small businesses.

Since Waste Pro took over trash collective duties October 1st, hundreds of small businesses in the city say they're bills have nearly tripled.

"It was a shock," said James Ellithorpe, owner of The Candy Station near Coronado Parkway.

Ellithorpe says his bills have been out of control.

"The bill came three times more than what I was paying with the other garbage company. It was 45 dollars more a month," Ellithorpe told WINK News.

He says that adds up.

"I need a lower bill. I want to stay in business here in the Cape," he said.

In a letter to Cape Mayor John Sullivan, Waste Pro offers several solutions to cut small business trash pick-up costs in half.

To recoup the loss, Waste Pro suggests:

-redistributing the fees to larger commercial customers

-utilize franchise fees that are collected from residents

- increase the how much residents by .12 cents per month.

- use money the city earns from recycling to offset the cost.

Late Tuesday, both sides agreed to help small business by recommending to use some of the money earned from recycling.

This way no one has to pay more.

A final decision needs to be made by Cape Coral City Council.

Trust us to let you know when that happens.