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As utility costs throughout the solid waste industry continue to rise due to maintenance and market variables, Tempe staff is committed to remain operationally efficient, and manage these costs while keeping the city’s commitment to deliver superior services to our residents. Since city sales and property taxes do not fund Solid Waste Services, the costs must be balanced through monthly user service fees. Every two years, Solid Waste Services work with a third party to conduct a rate adjustment study to help determine what changes are needed to balance the operational investments of these services and maximize ratepayer value. 

The Solid Waste team is responsible for several important city functions including waste and recycling collection and reuse, bulk trash and green organics collection, improving alley conditions, and managing the city’s Green Organics program. All of these services work to provide a better quality of life and long-term cost savings for residents.  The city’s new SMART (Save Money and Recycle Tempe) is also crucial to reducing waste. This program keeps material out of the landfill, helping the city reach its 40 percent diversion goal by 2020 and moves us toward a more environmentally healthy and sustainable future.


Solid Waste Rate Study Schedule 

8/27/19 - 4:00 p.m.
Work Study Session - Solid Waste Program and Services Update
Tempe History Museum
809 E. Southern Ave., Tempe

9/4/19 - 5:30 p.m.
Neighborhood Advisory Commission Meeting
Tempe City Hall, 3rd Floor
31 E. 5th St., Tempe

9/16/19 - 4:30 p.m.
Sustainability Commission Meeting
Tempe City Hall, Garden Level, Engineering Conference Room
31 E. 5th St., Tempe

9/19/19 - 6:00 p.m.
Propose Solid Waste Rate Study options to City Council
Tempe History Museum
809 E. Southern Ave., Tempe

9/23/19 – 10/7/19 
Public Comment Period

10/3/19
2019 Utility Rate Study DRAFT report will be available for review
Please visit: www.tempe.gov/solidwasteratestudy 

10/3/19 - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Rate Study Public Meeting
Tempe History Museum
809 E. Southern Ave., Tempe

10/5/19 - 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Rate Study Public Meeting
Tempe Public Library, Meeting Room A
3500 S. Rural Rd., Tempe

11/27/19
Post notice of intent
Please visit: www.tempe.gov/solidwasteratestudy

12/12/19 - Time TBD
Council adopts Solid Waste Rate
Tempe History Museum
809 E. Southern Ave., Tempe

1/1/20
Effective date of new rates


Solid Waste Rate Study

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