Garbage rate increase will start April 1

Residents and businesses will see a small rate increase on their garbage bills starting on April 1, the City of Kent announced Tuesday, March 13.

In accordance with the City’s solid waste contract authorized in 2015, the rates are allowed to adjust annually for inflation, based on three standardized Department of Labor Puget Sound price guides.

Residential customers currently paying $18.10 for a 32 gallon garbage cart, which includes 96-gallon recycling and yard waste bins, will pay $18.56 before taxes.

The new rates will be available online at RepublicServicesKent.com.

As always, customers are encouraged to reduce their garbage bills by placing all recyclables into the blue cart and compostables into the green cart, which are provided at no additional cost.

For guidelines on what goes into which cart, visit Kentwa.gov/TalkingTrash.