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Posted on: March 12, 2021

Waste Management Recycling Rate Changes

Uncontrollable market conditions have increased the cost to process the City of Mount Vernon’s recyclables. Over the past two years, the international landscape of recycling has changed dramatically. Waste Management had to identify new markets for recyclable materials and had added operating expenses of slowing down processing lines to meet new quality standards. Therefore, a rate increase of $4.62 will be added to your monthly invoice for a total amount of $10.54 per recycling container to manage these increased recycling processing costs. 

  • Rate increase will be effective 4/1/2021
  • Recycle fees are currently billed by the City for Waste Management and included on the City utility bill. This billing is transferring to Waste Management effective June 1, 2021. You will be receiving an invoice and additional information from Waste Management after that time.
  • Residential organics collection rates will increase from $12.69 per month to $13.36 per container for subscribers, effective 4/1/2021.
  • Waste Management contact information: 1-800-592-9995 or

We can all do our part to clean up recycling by making certain that we are only placing recyclable items that are clean and dry in the recycling. To learn more about Waste Management’s efforts to decrease contamination, visit


Is Curbside Recycling Service Mandatory?

  • Revised Code of Washington Chapter 70.95 addresses solid waste. While it does not require curbside recycle, it clearly promotes the program. For example:
    Intent—2010 c 154: "Increasing available residential curbside service for solid waste, recyclable, and compostable materials provides enumerable public benefits for all of Washington. Not only will increased service provide better system-wide efficiency, but it will also result in job creation, pollution reduction, and energy conservation, all of which serve to improve the quality of life in Washington communities.
    It is therefore the intent of the legislature that Washington strive[s] to significantly increase current residential recycling rates by 2020." [ 2010 c 154 § 1.]
  • The Skagit County Solid Waste Management Plan is also the City’s plan. Like State law, it does not require curbside recycle (yet), but it clearly promotes the program. For example, from the Executive Summary Recycling High Priority Recommendations:
    Skagit County will adopt a minimum service level ordinance requiring all waste collection subscribers to also receive curbside recycling service.

In summary, while not mandatory, state and regional law clearly promote residential curbside recycling. The City has required and provided residential curbside recycling since 1991, and will continue this longstanding practice. 

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