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Council might agree to cut garbage, recycling rates

by: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Portland's City Council is considering a new rate schedule that could cut a dime from garbage and recycling rates.Portlanders’ standard garbage and recycling bill could drop by a dime per month, under a new rate schedule up for approval Wednesday by the Portland City Council.

Under the proposed rate schedule, residents would pay $28.10 a month for weekly recycling and yard debris/compost service and every-other-week pickup of a 32-gallon can, down from the current $28.20 per month.

In general, rates are going down about 1 percent due to lower costs of the city’s composting program. That’s because the cost of collecting food scraps and yard debris has decreased, as composting those materials is cheaper than disposing of them in a landfills.

The slight dip in rates comes despite an increase in hauler costs for truck purchases to meet new clean-fleet standards, and increased disposal fees charged at Metro transfer stations.

Residents using a 60-gallon rollcart would pay $36.40 a month under the new rates. Those getting monthly service will pay $21.75.

The new rates would go into effect July 1.

Portland city commissioners are slated to discuss the new rates from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, at City Hall, 1221 S.W. Fourth Ave.

To view the proposed new rate structure: www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=50265&a=447088.