KingCo Solid Waste fee increases Jan. 1
December 23, 2012
King County’s Solid Waste Division is set to increase disposal fees Jan. 1 to help cover rising costs and modernize a half-century-old solid waste handling system, according to a Dec. 19 press release.
The county is in the midst of a modernization program to update its 1960s-era network of transfer stations and meet the needs of residential self-haulers, businesses and garbage collection companies, according to the press release.
The basic fee for bringing solid waste to a transfer station or drop box will increase from $117.42 to $129.40 per ton, including tax and a moderate risk waste fee. The minimum fee will increase from $20 to $22, including tax and the moderate risk waste fee. The new fees will be in effect through 2014, according to the press release.
An average residential customer who puts out one can of garbage per week for curbside collection is likely to see an increase of about .57 cents per month in the garbage bill from their hauler to cover the new disposal fees, according to the press release.
The new rate, which was approved earlier this year by the Metropolitan King County Council, applies to residents of King County who pay for curbside collection service, or who use a county transfer station and live outside the cities of Seattle and Milton, which are part of separate solid waste handling systems.
Fees for separated yard waste and clean wood waste will be lowered from $82.50 per ton to $75 per ton, with a minimum fee of $12 per load. Separated yard waste and clean wood waste is accepted at Shoreline, Bow Lake and Enumclaw transfer stations, and at the Cedar Falls drop box, according to the press release.
While separating these materials from solid waste is not mandatory, the lower fees are meant to act as incentive to deliver yard and clean wood waste separate from solid waste so they can be recycled and composted.
To date, the Vashon, Enumclaw, Shoreline and Bow Lake transfer stations have all been renovated or replaced.
Current plans are to next upgrade the Factoria Transfer Station. Finally, the Algona, Renton and Houghton transfer stations will be closed and two new stations will be built by 2019, according to the press release.
King County operates eight transfer stations, two rural drop-boxes and the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill. Learn more about the Solid Waste Division at www.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste.