January 14, 2022

Kitsap County Public Works, Solid Waste Division has proposed an increase in garbage fees at our facilities beginning in June 2022. The first two proposed increases in June 2022 and January 2023 are significant (16.5%), followed by modest annual increases (~3%) through 2027. Fees increases are based on the results from the Solid Waste Cost of Service and Rate Study conducted by FCS Group in December 2021. The County’s previous solid waste rate study was completed in 2017-18 and established rates through mid-2022.

Fee increases affect residents and local businesses who haul and dispose of garbage at our facilities. Bulky waste items, furniture and construction debris will see the most significant changes over time. The extra garbage can fee at our residential Recycling and Garbage Facilities is noticeably impacted. Residents choosing to self-haul garbage to a facility should reevaluate their cost and needs. By 2023, most households will save money by subscribing to curbside collection services.

Recycling and household hazardous waste
In order to support a healthier environment and reduce waste, there continues to be no charge for residents to drop off recycling and household hazardous waste. The cost of these services is supported by garbage fees and grants.

Provide Feedback
Residents are encouraged to learn more about how our services support you, what has changed and why costs have increased. Your thoughts are important to us! There is an opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed adjustment to garbage fees. Attend a virtual open house or provide feedback online through our website to have your voice heard.

Visit our webpage
Learn more about the Future of Solid Waste on our website. Recently, the cost of providing waste disposal services has increased. The demand for services increased by 19% in the past two years. A 20-year contract to transport and dispose of waste is ending. Transportation costs have risen and facilities need improvements to manage more waste. Find out how increased fees support the community's existing needs and improve services. Learn more.

Join a virtual open house
Join us for a virtual open house on Thursday, February 3, 2022, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m hosted on Zoom. Learn how service needs have changed in our community and how the Solid Waste Division plans to support existing and future needs. Public Works Solid Waste staff and the County’s consultant team from FCS Group will be available to answer questions and give an opportunity for input. Register to join!

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