King County garbage disposal fee hike starts Jan. 1

December 21, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 21, 2012

Residents can expect to pay more for garage pick-up, and to dump garbage at transfer stations and drop boxes, after Jan. 1, as King County seeks to modernize the aging solid waste system.

The average residential customer putting out a single container of garbage for curbside collection per week is likely pay about 57 cents per month more as garbage haulers cover the disposal fees.

Haulers, such as CleanScapes and Allied Waste, pass along the rate increase to customers.

The fee for bringing solid waste to a transfer station or drop box is poised to increase from $117.42 to $129.40 per ton, including tax and a moderate risk waste fee. The minimum fee is due to increase from $20 to $22, including tax and the fee.

The rate structure approved King County Council in September applies to residents in Issaquah and other King County cities outside Seattle and Milton. The fee structure is in place through 2014.

The fee increase is meant to help cover rising costs and modernize the half-century-old solid waste system.

Trash from Issaquah, North Bend, Sammamish and Snoqualmie is delivered to the Factoria Transfer Station in Bellevue. The midpoint destination for Issaquah garbage is planned to receive a $77 million makeover in the years ahead.

CleanScapes collects garbage in most Issaquah neighborhoods. Allied Waste — a local name for national company Republic Services — hauls garbage in South Cove and Greenwood Point neighborhoods along Lake Sammamish.

Allied Waste also collects garbage in unincorporated King County.

Officials lowered the fees for separated yard and clean wood waste from $13.25 to $12 per entry for passenger cars and $82.50 per ton to $75 per ton for larger vehicles. Separation of such materials is not mandatory, but the reduced fee is meant to entice residents to separate the materials from other garbage so the county can recycle or compost wood and yard waste.

The county Solid Waste Division serves haulers from Issaquah and 36 other cities. 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. The landfill is expected to remain operational through 2025.

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One Response to “King County garbage disposal fee hike starts Jan. 1”

  1. Smoley on December 21st, 2012 10:28 pm

    We should get a break on this increase because next year the oh so troublesome single-use plastic bags will be outlawed in Issaquah and won’t be clogging up the local landfills, right? Riiiiiight.

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