Recycling rate is the tons of material recycled through City-offered services divided by the tons of total solid waste received through City-offered services in a given year. This currently does not include recycled appliance material or recycling taken to third-party recycling services. It is important to note that increased contamination of recycling, even if it increases the total tons of material sent to recycling, negatively impacts the recycling rate.
The Solid Waste Utility has transitioned to a pay-as-you-throw rate structure. Some expected outcomes of the rate adjustment are a decrease in waste generated, an increase in recycling participation, an incentive for the reuse/repurposing of large household items, and improved working conditions for staff.