City Council approves $1.46 solid waste fee increase

Additional revenue would cover increased landfill, fuel costs

The City Council approved a $1.46 monthly rate increase for residential trash and recycling services at its Thursday, Jan. 25, meeting. Round Rock Refuse, the service provider, requested a new rate to offset increased costs for landfill fees, fuel and overhead.

The new rate, including sales tax and administrative costs, increases to $20.52 per month from $19.06 per month. Increased landfill costs account for $1 of the increase. Landfill costs have increased an average of 5 percent per year since 2009. Other major components of the requested increase include fuel (11 cents) and overhead (25 cents).

The rate change requires two votes. The new rate will be reflected on the February utility bill.

The last rate increase for customers occurred in January 2014.

The chart below shows how Round Rock’s current and proposed rate compares to other cities in Central Texas.

CityProviderMonthly CostAdditional BagsExtra Cart
Austin*City of Austin$42.85$4.33 per sticker
$10.39 without stickers
$15 one-time fee,
plus monthly cart fee
San MarcosTexas Disposal Systems$27.353 cubic yards, 4 times per year
(no charge)
$6.29 trash
$5.99 recycling
Round RockRound Rock Refuse$19.06 (current)
$20.52 (proposed)
7 (no charge)No charge
Georgetown*Texas Disposal Systems$20.35$5 per sticker$8
Cedar ParkCentral Texas Refuse$20.237 (no charge)$5.50
PflugervilleWaste Connections$17.216 (no charge)$6.12 trash
$2.55 recycling

*Based on 96-gallon container option


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