Garbage rate increase sought in 2011

Published on Wed, Jan 5, 2011 by By Jeremy Schwartz

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Residential garbage and recycling collection rates for Blaine and Birch Bay could increase next month if the state utilities and transportation commission approves.

Sanitary Service Company (SSC), which owns Blaine Bay Refuse (BBR), has filed a rate change request. The rates would become effective February 1.

The every-other-week collection rate for a 60-gallon container could increase from $8.53 per month to $9.35 while weekly collection could increase from $14.66 to $15.85. Every-other-week collection rates for three-bin recycling could also increase by $1.51.

The monthly rate for SSC’s FoodPlus recycling service could also increase from $8 per month to $9.89.

Ed Nikula, vice president of SSC, said some rates for Birch Bay residents might decrease as a result of SSC’s combining its rates with BBR. For example, if a Birch Bay resident is already serviced by SSC, their rates will most likely decrease.

SSC is seeking rate changes to bring Blaine and Birch Bay’s rates more in line with surrounding services areas. The current rates have been in place since 2002 and have not changed with the economy, Nikula said.

The public can comment on the changes by contacting the Washington utilities and transportation commission at 888/333-9882.