Salem Considers New Solid Waste Collection Rate and Charges at November 13 Public Hearing

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The Salem City Council will host a public hearing Tues., Nov. 13, 2018 at 6 p.m., to receive testimony regarding establishing new solid waste collection rates and charges. Community members can testify at the public hearing or provide feedback via email by Nov. 13 at 3:30 p.m.

If approved, adjusted rates would become effective January 1, 2019. The full list of proposed rates will be available in the staff report available that will be available online by 5 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 8, 2018, at  and will also be available at the City of Salem Recorder Office.

Key points

How come the City Council weighs in on garbage and recycling rates?

The City of Salem does not provide garbage and recycling services directly to business and residential customers. Through the private market, establishing franchise contracts with the six haulers in Salem, the City is able to offer an efficient and quality garbage and recycling service. The rates for garbage and recycling service are regulated by the franchise contract. The City Council considers changes to the contract, including service rates. 

When were garbage rates last adjusted? 

Rates currently in effect were approved in the fall of 2017. At the time, the rate changes were intended to cover 2018, with nominal increases also approved for 2019. However, due to a reduction in the amount and types of recycled material global buyers will accept, local conditions in the recycling market have changed so significantly that haulers now must pay to have materials recycled and are requesting an adjustment to the 2019 adopted solid waste rates. Data provided by the haulers, and confirmed through an independent, third-party analysis, show increases in the cost of service correspond to the proposed rate increase.

Will rates effect business customers and residential customers alike?

Yes. The proposed rate changes reflect the true cost of service for each customer type and the service they subscribe to.

What is happening with recycled materials now?

Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) tracks recycling statewide. For more, check out the DEQ web page.

What can I do with my recycling? 

For helpful recycling tips for all sorts of material, check in with Marion County's Environmental Services.

Is this just happening in Salem?

Nationally, garbage haulers are re-examining their business model and rates. How each community is responding to this market shift depends on the resources available in the area's recycling system to partners in the recycling stream. The proposed increase to Salem's garbage customers is on par with others in our region.

Meeting information 

Salem City Council meetings are held in Council Chambers, 555 Liberty Street SE, Room 240.

The Salem City Council Rules, which include the procedures for conduct of hearings before the City Council, are available at the City of Salem Recorder, Civic Center, 555 Liberty Street SE, Room 205, Salem Oregon 97301, 503-588-6097 and online. Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations shall be provided on request upon 24 hours advance notice.

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