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Solid waste collection rates going up in Tualatin

Council approves Republic Services' request for rate increase

Taking out the trash just got more expensive in Tualatin.

On Monday, the Tualatin City Council approved an overall 6.6 percent rate increase for waste collection, effective this month — but some business customers will see percentage hikes in the double digits. The new rates will be reflected on June's billing, according to Republic Services, which provides solid waste collection services in Tualatin and several neighboring communities, including Lake Oswego, Sherwood, Tigard and Wilsonville.

Weekly collection of garbage, recycling and yard debris from single-family residential customers is increasing by 5.5 percent — up from $20.65 to $21.79 for a 20-gallon roll cart, for example.

Multi-family and commercial customers, though, will see larger increases. The biggest is a 26.5 percent hike for 35-gallon carts, up from $18.18 to $23 for weekly service. Recycling-only rates for multi-family complexes will also increase significantly, with the minimum rate rising from $123.60 to $139.01 per month.

Drop box rates are also increasing significantly, with the rates for boxes of 10 to 20 yards in size and 21 to 29 yards in size now being uniform at $114 for loose trash and $155 for compacted trash, not including disposal fees. The delivery charge also increased from $35 to $39.

Some Tualatin city councilors expressed concern about the size of the increases when Republic presented its proposal last month, but the council signed off on the increase Monday with no additional discussion. A resolution approving the increase was included in the council's consent agenda, a package of items considered noncontroversial in nature that is generally approved in a single motion.

Jason Jordan, Republic's general manager in the South Metro area, noted last month that the rate increases will still keep Tualatin's collection rates roughly equal to or slightly less than rates in neighboring cities also served by Republic.

The main factors behind the rate hike are inflation and increased disposal costs, according to Jordan.

Tualatin's garbage rates last increased in 2013. Tualatin City Councilor Frank Bubenik suggested last month that Republic should consider asking for smaller rate increases sooner than 2019 “so businesses don't take the big hit all at once” if the solid waste company's overhead costs continue to rise.