King County Council increases rate for garbage pickup
September 12, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 8 p.m. Sept. 12, 2011
The cost for garbage pickup in Issaquah and elsewhere in King County is due to increase by about 80 cents per month next year.
King County Council members approved the rate increase Monday as part of a long-term effort to upgrade the solid waste system.
Under the updated system, the basic rate for commercial vehicles, such as garbage trucks, is $109 per ton. The current rate is $95 per ton.
The average customer putting out a single can for pickup should pay about 80 cents more per month next year.
For people hauling loads to county transfer stations, the rate is due to increase to $17.49 per load from $15.31 per load.
Officials said proceeds from the fees should defray the costs to upgrade transfer stations, including the Factoria Transfer Station, the midpoint for Issaquah garbage. Construction is due to start on a modern facility near the existing site in 2013.
“These actions ensure that our region will have stable, reliable solid waste services for years to come by preserving the long term viability of King County’s facilities,” Councilman Larry Phillips, prime sponsor of the legislation, said in a statement. “The availability of predictable and affordable solid waste disposal is important for the growth of our economy.”
The county Solid Waste Division serves haulers from Issaquah and 36 other cities. Allied Waste and Waste Management serve customers inside Issaquah city limits; Allied Waste serves unincorporated-area residents.
The regional solid waste system receives and processes more than 800,000 tons of garbage each year.
The county operates the destination for garbage from Issaquah and elsewhere, Cedar Hills Regional Landfill on 920 acres between Issaquah and Maple Valley.