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The ability to keep collection rates the same is due in part to the city's growth

SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Republic Services workers sort through recyclable material on a conveyor belt to determine what is sent on for re-use and what is sent to a landfill. Its a fast-paced process that demands endurance. , Wilsonville Spokesman - News

Solid waste collection rates through Republic Services will remain the same next year after the Wilsonville City Council voted to adopt recommendations within the annual solid waste collection report during the Monday, Nov. 7, meeting.

All industrial, commercial and residential customers of Republic will pay the same amount for trash collection and related services in 2023 as they did this year.

The ability to keep rates the same is due in part to Wilsonville's growth, according to Public Affairs Director Mark Ottenad.

As the only solid waste collector in the city, Republic gains customers every time a new property is built. This creates additional revenue, which helps offset rising operating costs such as labor.

"If we were a community that was not growing, Republic Services' expenses would continue to escalate," Ottenad said. "This is one of the advantages of a growing community."

In nearby Lake Oswego, for instance, rates are tentatively scheduled to increase by about 5% for both residential and commercial customers after Republic requested an overall increase of 15% due to rising labor costs.

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