Every year the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability conducts a rate review to establish fair and equitable rates for franchised garbage and recycling companies to charge the public for residential collection services. These services include collection of garbage, recycling and compost.
The rate review includes analysis by an economist and an independent CPA. A range of impacts are evaluated to determine the cost of providing service— including labor, equipment and fuel costs, the average weight of garbage in each can size, disposal charges for solid waste and compostables and the market value of recyclables (revenues which partially offset costs). These factors are summarized in the annual Rate Study.
The proposed rates are then reviewed by Portland Utility Review Board (PURB). PURB is a citizen advisory panel appointed by City Council to review rates for solid waste as well as water and sewer services. Following their review, the rates are forwarded to City Council who has final determination on rates charged to customers.