City of Phoenix residents will soon pay more for weekly trash and recycling services.
Following input from more than a dozen community meetings held in December and January regarding the solid waste program’s declining revenues, Phoenix City Council on Feb. 11 approved a rate hike to maintain its current trash and recycling services to residents.
The increase to the monthly residential solid waste rate will be phased in over two years. Beginning in April 2020, residents will see a $3.75 increase on their bill, bringing the monthly total from $26.80 to $30.55. In January 2021, rates will rise another $3.25 to $33.80 per month.
The decision to maintain current service levels with a rate increase stems from feedback collected during community meetings along with data from more than 5,800 survey responses, which allowed residents to weigh in on four possible waste-rate increase options, some of which would have jeopardized continuation of recycling, compost and bulk trash services. [See: Recycling Woes Force Higher Trash Rates]
According to the city, the surveys revealed a 90 percent satisfaction rate with the city’s services, and 60 percent were in favor of maintaining the current level of solid waste.