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Rates going down for garbage, recycling and compost

The Portland City Council has approved 2016-2017 rates for residential garbage, recycling and composting service. The monthly cost will decrease for many customers. Every year, the City sets residential garbage, recycling and composting collection rates based on a thorough evaluation of the cost to provide these services to residents.

This is the fourth year in a row that Portland has maintained or lowered rates for residential garbage, recycling and compost collection. The decrease is due in part to Portlanders throwing away less garbage, and garbage and recycling companies operating with increased efficiency. 

“Portlanders are doing their part in making our city more sustainable by decreasing garbage waste and increasing recycling and composting. And now our garbage and recycling companies are working more efficiently, with cleaner trucks," Mayor Charlie Hales said. “Keeping rates steady or reducing them provides an incentive to continue that trend, and I’m pleased we're able to do so for the fourth consecutive year.”

In June, Portlanders living in residential houses or smallplexes will receive the twice-yearly Curbsider garbage and recycling newsletter with the 2016-2017 curbside collection schedule. Rates can be found online at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/rates. Residents can also look up their curbside collection schedule and sign up for weekly garbage day reminders online at www.garbagedayreminders.com

Rates for 2016-2017 will go into effect on July 1 and will be available online on June 20, 2016. Rates can be found by calling your garbage and recycling company or by visiting www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/rates