Seattle’s city council voted to raise the city’s solid waste services rates by an average of 4.4 percent per year over the next three years.
The increases are part of Seattle Public Utlities’ strategic business plan, which calls for hikes in all the of the city’s services, including water, sewage and drainage, through the year 2020. The rise in solid waste rates will help pay for other SPU initiatives, including two new transfer stations.
The Seattle Times has the details:
Seattle’s garbage, recycling and composting rates will increase 7.2 percent in 2017, 1.9 percent in 2018 and 4 percent in 2019, effective on April 1 of each year.
The increases will apply to residential and commercial customers alike.
The monthly solid-waste bill for a typical residential customer — someone with one 32-gallon garbage can, one 96-gallon food- and yard-waste container and one 96-gallon recycling cart — will rise from $44.85 to $50.95 in 2019, according to Seattle Public Utilities (SPU).