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Salem Considers New Solid Waste Collection Rate and Charges at Nov. 13 Public Hearing - 11/06/18

The Salem City Council will host a public hearing Tues., Nov. 13, 2018 at 6 p.m., to receive testimony regarding Resolution No. 2018-81 Establishing New Solid Waste Collection Rates and Charges and Rescinding Resolution No. 2017-45. Salem City Council meetings are held in Council Chambers, 555 Liberty Street SE, Room 240. Community members can testify at the public hearing or provide feedback via email at ecorder@cityofsalem.net">cityrecorder@cityofsalem.net by Nov. 13 at 3:30 p.m.

The City does not operate garbage and recycling services in Salem, but it does manage the franchise contract with Salem’s six haulers. Utilizing the private market for garbage and recycling services provides an efficient and quality service for Salem customers.

Due to a reduction in the amount and types of recycled material global buyers will accept, local conditions in the recycling market have changed so significantly that haulers now must pay to have materials recycled and are requesting an adjustment to the 2019 adopted solid waste rates. Data provided by the haulers, and confirmed through an independent, third party analysis, show increases in the cost of service correspond to the proposed rate increase. For additional information regarding the recycling market and recent changes, go to: http://www.co.marion.or.us/pages/News.aspx?NewsID=393

If approved, adjusted rates would become effective January 1, 2019. Most customers subscribe to 35 gallon cart service. The monthly rate for 35 gallon cart service in the Marion County portion of Salem is proposed to increase by $2.85 per month. The monthly rate for a 35 gallon cart service in the Polk County portion of Salem is proposed to increase by $3.20 per month. The full list of proposed rates will be available in the staff report. The staff report will be available online by 5 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 8, 2018, at https://salem.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx, and will also be available at the City of Salem Recorder, Civic Center, 555 Liberty Street SE, Room 205, Salem, Oregon 97301, 503-588-6097; copies will be provided at reasonable cost.

The Salem City Council Rules, which include the procedures for conduct of hearings before the City Council, are available at the City of Salem Recorder, Civic Center, 555 Liberty Street SE, Room 205, Salem Oregon 97301, 503-588-6097 and online at: https://www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/council-rules.aspx. Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations shall be provided on request upon 24 hours advance notice.

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