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King County executive proposes one-year increase in disposal rates

King County Executive Dow Constantine has sent a proposal to the the county council to increase the Solid Waste Division disposal rates for one year from $95 to $108 per ton.

According to a release from the executive's office the increase would be used to "modernize its 50-year-old solid waste handling system."

The new solid waste disposal rate would apply to residents of King County outside the cities of Seattle and Milton; those two cities are part of separate solid waste handling systems. Haulers that pick up garbage at the curb and take it to county transfer stations would pay the new disposal fees. Residents with curbside pickup are likely to see an increase in the garbage bill from their hauler to cover the new disposal fees.

The release noted the county is in the midst of a more than $300 million modernization of its 1960s-era network of transfer stations and, "while the county typically establishes solid waste rates for three-year periods, this one-year proposal would provide time for the county and the cities to consider whether to extend their long-term interlocal agreements a dozen years or more beyond their current expiration in 2028."

According to the county financing for transfer station capital improvement projects must be determined in the near future, and the new stations would last for over 30 years.

The county has completed replacement or renovation at the Vashon, Enumclaw and Shoreline transfer station, and begun construction of an expanded Bow Lake transfer station. After Bow Lake, the schedule calls for upgrades to Factoria, Algona, Renton and Houghton by 2016.

King County also recently extended operations at the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill by an additional seven years, saving ratepayers the high cost of exporting waste for another decade.

King County executive proposes one-year increase in disposal rates.

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