At a time when rates on most services are going up, Bellevue residents and businesses will see a slight reduction in their garbage rates, effective Jan. 1. Allied Waste Services, the city's contractor, reported that garbage and yard debris collection service will cost 1.9 to 2.1 percent less for residents and 2.7 to 3 percent less for businesses, depending on level of service.
A typical residential customer will pay $17.28 per month for one 32-gallon cart service in 2010, compared to the current rate of $17.63. There's more variation in garbage collection for commercial customers, so they could see a decrease ranging from a couple of dollars to a couple of hundred dollars.
Allied's contract with the city allows for adjustments in rates based on certain variables, such as the regional Consumer Price Index (CPI), changes in King County's disposal fees and diesel fuel prices. The garbage rate is going down because the CPI in 2009 was negative and diesel fuel prices were lower than the surcharge previously agreed upon by Allied and the city.
Allied sent letters to all customers about the decrease. Customers can cut garbage costs further by recycling more and downsizing to a smaller garbage container.
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