Newberg City Council approves garbage/recycling rate hike
The Newberg City Council approved a rate increase for residential garbage collection and collection of recyclable materials at its meeting Nov. 1.
Last increased in July 2016 (3.34%), the rate increase approved by the council will take effect Jan. 1 and is set at 3.7%. According to figures provided to the council by Waste Management, the Texas-based company responsible for collecting Newberg's garbage and recycling, the average residential customer will see a monthly increase from $21.50 to $22.30.
"It has been five years since WM has proposed a rate adjustment," city officials said in the council packet. "Inflation over the past five years is a cumulative increase of 12.5%.
Attendant to the increase is the franchise fee the city charges Waste Management: 5% of the company's annual gross revenue collected locally. That will funnel $212,646 into the city's general fund in 2022.
Tangentially, the city also asked Waste Management to prepare a rate schedule for starting a food waste program.
"This program would allow residents to include food waste material in their yard debris," the packet said. "Due to the higher degree of processing and additional travel time going to a new facility, this would add (85 cents) per month to the residential customer's bill."
The council took no action on the food waste proposal.
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