How rates are set
Every year the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability conducts a rate review to establish fair and equitable rates for franchised garbage and recycling companies to charge the public for residential collection services. These services include collection of garbage, recycling and compost.
The rate review includes analysis by an economist and an independent CPA. A range of impacts are evaluated to determine the cost of providing service— including labor, equipment and fuel costs, the average weight of garbage in each can size, disposal charges for solid waste and compostables and the market value of recyclables (revenues which partially offset costs). These factors are summarized in the annual Rate Study. See the latest study:
The proposed rates are then reviewed by the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC). The PSC includes 11 volunteer members with expertise in a range of areas. Their major role is to advise City Council on Portland’s long-range goals, policies and programs for land use, planning and sustainability. Following their review, the rates are forwarded to City Council who has final determination on rates charged to customers.