The Marion County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. regarding proposed changes to solid waste collection rates charged by franchised haulers in unincorporated areas outside of city limits. The meeting will be held in the Senator Hearing Room at Courthouse Square located at 555 Court St. NE, Salem, during the commissioners' regular board meeting.
Written testimony may be submitted until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 to:
Mail: PO Box 14500, Salem, OR 97309
Hand delivery: 555 Court St. NE, Suite 5232, Salem, OR
The proposed rate changes will impact residential roll cart customers, commercial container drop box services, and medical waste customers. If approved, the new rates will take effect January 2019.
Factors contributing to increased operating costs for garbage and recycling haulers include increased fuel and recycling costs.
Recycling costs have been impacted by drastic changes in international recycling markets. In 2017, haulers received approximately $8.95 per ton and now pay an average recycling processing cost of $80.22 per ton. Fuel costs increased in 2018 by 34 percent further influencing operating costs for franchised haulers.
A residential customer within an urban growth boundary with 35-gallon roll cart service will see an increase of $2.88 per month from $25.28 to $28.16. Rural customers with the same service will see an increase of $2.90 per month from $27.52 to $30.42.
The public hearing will include presentations by representatives from local garbage haulers and recycling processors. Supporting material for the public hearing will be available for review by 5 p.m. on November 21, 2018, on the Marion County website.
For more information, contact Marion County Environmental Services at (503) 588-5169 or firstname.lastname@example.org.