Last rate increase was January 2011

Effective April 1, Troutdale residents will see their monthly solid waste collection fees increase by 95 cents per average household.

The rate increase was voted on by Troutdale City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

It passed 4-3. Councilors Eric Anderson, Glenn White and Rich Allen voted against the increase.

The last rate increase was January 2011, according to Amy Pepper, Troutdale civil engineer.

The city’s exclusive franchise agreement for solid waste and recycling collection services with Waste Management specifies the circumstances in which solid waste rates may be reviewed. Waste Management requested the city perform a solid waste review and the city hired Bell & Associates, a local accounting firm, to perform the study.

The analysis was presented to the council on Jan. 21 and the results were scheduled for a vote at Tuesday’s meeting.

Pepper said the rate analysis indicated a 3.4 percent increase across all levels of service including residential, commercial containers and drop boxes.

Since the last increase, Pepper said wages, tip fees at transfer stations and fees at landfills have all increased, and factor into the rate hike.

She also said the recycling markets aren’t as profitable as they used to be.

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