Garbage rate reduction reimburses residential garbage and recycling customers through June 2020

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Garbage bins on the sidewalk in front of a home
Portland City Council removes residential garbage and recycling from Clean Energy Surcharge requirement.

Portland residents living in single-family homes and smallplexes (1-4 units) will see a reduction in garbage and recycling rates beginning Feb. 1, 2020. The rate for the 35-gallon garbage roll cart—the most popular service level—will decrease by 40 cents per month.  The new rates will be in effect through the end of June 2020.

In December, Portland City Council decided that residential garbage and recycling collection will not be subject to the Clean Energy Surcharge, a charge intended for large retailers.  The new garbage and recycling rates have been set to reimburse customers for the amount they have already paid toward the surcharge. Most customers have paid about $1.20 towards the surcharge since July 1, 2019. 

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