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Trash haulers: Recycling 'crisis' forcing rates up


June 20, 2018

Sweet Home Sanitation executives warned the City Council last week that a rate increase will be needed to cover what they described as rapidly rising costs for their company in dealing with recycling that cannot be shipped overseas.

Sweet Home Site Manager Scott Gagner told the council, during its regular meeting Tuesday, June 12, that monthly garbage rates could go up 12 to 15 percent.

Sweet Home is already due for an annual garbage rate increase in July, which the council agreed to last year. The rate increase is based on the Portland Consumer Price Index, which is currently 4.2 percent...

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