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Posted on: November 22, 2023

City Council approves ordinance amending the taxes, rates, fees schedule for waste services

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King County is restructuring their rate on solid waste, and, pursuant to the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 35.21.157, Republic Services has provided notice of a rate increase for its solid waste disposal services, effective beginning January 1, 2024. 

While the City of North Bend’s current solid waste collection contract with Republic Services expires on March 31, 2024, an amendment to the City’s current contract with Republic was necessary to provide services during the period between January 1, 2024, and March 31, 2024.

To accommodate for King County’s rate restructure, at the November 21, 2023 North Bend City Council meeting, the Council unanimously approved an ordinance amending the Taxes, Rates and Fees Schedule regarding the Solid Waste and Recycling Rates.

The rate increase is due to an increase in the Consumer Price Index for the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Metropolitan area, an increase in the disposal rates per ton charged by King County and a new King County Fixed Annual Charge (FAC) per ton.

The FAC will serve as a base cost for contract haulers with the addition of a $150.83 per-ton disposal rate at stations. Self-haul customers will pay a rate of $198.00 per ton. Sedans and two-door hatchbacks will pay the minimum rate of $33.00. Washington State Refuse Tax and Moderate Risk Waste Surcharge costs are included in rates for self-haul customers and are paid separately by contract haulers.

Yard and wood waste fees will remain the same at $18 for sedans and two-door hatchbacks and a weighted rate of $115 per ton for all other customers.

Increased discounts for qualifying low-income customers will also coincide with the change, increasing from $15 to $16. The rate restructure was approved unanimously by the King County Council on September 13, 2022.

Kind County Solid Waste and Recycling rate restructure, 2024

View the Legal Notice of Rate Increase by visiting the Public Notices section of www.northbendwa.gov. View the Ordinance – Amending Taxes, Rates, & Fees Schedule RE Solid Waste and Recycling Rates by visiting the Document Center, located at www.northbendwa.gov. Read King County’s Bulletin HERE.

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