The City's Solid Waste Reduction, Diversion, and Recycling Master Plan, approved by the City Council in 2017, identified several additional programs needed order to meet the City's goal of diverting more materials from the landfill, notably expanded recycling, a food waste compost program, and construction and demolition waste recycling.
The City funds its solid waste programs through facility tip fees and through user fees charged to the residents and businesses receiving services. The City retained MSW Consultants to conduct a study of the solid waste system full cost of service and develop a five-year financial plan and rate recommendation.
The new rates were approved by City Council on December 18, 2018, andwill go into effect on April 22, 2019.
In brief, rate changes include:
Eliminating the extra charge for multi-family recycling and expanding curbside recycling to multi-family units with 24 units or less
Discounting commercial recycling and eliminating the extra charge for small commercial customers to participate in the curbside recycling program
Expanding the food-waste composting pilot to full commercial food-waste composting service
Expanding the commercial glass recycling pilot to full commercial glass recycling service
Increasing transfer station tip fees (this is a two-tier rate: a higher rate for out-of-town customers bringing waste directly to the transfer station and a lower rate for in-town customers)