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Composting Works: 37 percent less garbage and rates going down

Thanks to your efforts to reduce waste, recycle and compost more, Portland residential customers will see a slight decrease on their monthly garbage bill, beginning July 1, 2013. Overall, rates are down about 1 percent.

Since changes to the curbside collection service went into effect in 2011, Portland residents have reduced garbage going to the landfill by 37 percent, while increasing composting and recycling. At the same time, garbage and recycling companies have reduced costs for collecting food scraps and yard debris and the cost for composting those materials remains less than landfill disposal.

This rate decrease for residential customers comes even with other increases in disposal costs, including investments in cleaner, less-polluting trucks.

New rates can be found by calling your garbage and recycling company or at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/rates.