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New solid waste rates go into effect in January

Post Date:12/16/2019 3:07 PM

Beginning Jan. 1, Tempe residents will see a change in the solid waste portion of their monthly utility bill. The solid waste rate increase is $2.04 per month a single-family residential customer.

The new rates were approved for the 2020 calendar year by the City Council after a Dec. 12 public hearing and months of informational outreach and input from residents.

The Dec. 12 Council meeting materials are available at link (Agenda item 5C10). The meeting video is available at link.

These 2020 rate adjustments will help ensure the reliability and affordability of solid waste services. The 2019 solid waste rate study featured extensive outreach efforts, including numerous public meetings and two City Council Work Study Sessions. Public comment was also available on the city’s solid waste rate study webpage.

Solid waste services are an enterprise fund and are fully funded by ratepayers. Since city sales and property taxes do not fund solid waste services, those costs must be recovered through residents’ monthly fees. The 2020 rate adjustments are based on a detailed cost of service analysis to ensure that each utility customer class pays its proportionate share of the cost to provide those services.

Residents with questions about the rate adjustments can contact Customer Service at 480-350-8361, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit

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