Georgetown Recycle & Solid Waste

New Solid Waste & Recycling Rates

An annual rate increase for solid waste operations is included in the current contract approved in 2020, valid until 2030. The rate increase request is based on an industry formula and is capped at 4% maximum. This year, TDS requested and received a 4% rate increase.

The overall rate also includes funding for billing and administrative services, as well as services provided by other City departments.

View the new rates

Along with the current contract with Texas Disposal Systems, the City of Georgetown will begin to implement a 20 year Solid Waste Master Plan.

The City will also final design and review moving forward with upgrading the city-owned transfer station and determine the best options to manage the site for the long-term future. For more information about this project, click this link: Transfer Station Study

FAQ’s

  1. Why are rates changing?
    • The solid waste & recycling contract approved in 2020 has a ten (10) year term limit which ends in 2030. The City Council evaluated several term options but in the end decided to renegotiate a contract with TDS. This contract has a built in formula for calculating the cost of operational expenses.
  1. How does the new contract affect the services I receive as a customer?
    • Customers will continue to receive the same consistent & dependable service they have come to expect.
  1. What are the new residential rates?
      • Tier I: $21.71
        • Customers residing within City limits.
      • Tier II: $32.18
        • Customer residing in Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs) that are contractually obligated to use City services.
      • Tier III: $30.03
        • Customer residing in Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs) that are NOT contractually obligated to use City services.
        • Tier IV: $30.03
          • Customer residing in the City’s ETJ or rural areas.
  1. What services are included for Tier I residential customers inside the city limits?
      • Weekly curbside solid waste collection
      • Bi-weekly curbside recycling collection
      • Quarterly household hazardous waste disposal. Email customercare@georgetown.org to register for the collection event.
      • Monthly curbside yard trimming collection. Residents may also drop off 3 cubic yards of yard trimmings at the Transfer Station each month located at 250 WL Walden Road, Georgetown, Texas.
      • Four time a year bulky waste pickup
      • Medication Kiosk drop off in the lobby of the Public Safety building located at 3500 DB Wood Road, Georgetown, Texas
  1. What services are included for Tier II residential customers
      • Weekly curbside solid waste collection
      • Bi-weekly curbside recycling collection
      • Quarterly household hazardous waste disposal
      • Monthly curbside yard trimming collection. Residents may also drop off 3 cubic yards of yard trimmings at the Transfer Station each month located at 250 WL Walden Road, Georgetown, Texas.
      • Four time a year bulky waste pickup
      • Medication Kiosk drop off in the lobby of the Public Safety building located at 3500 DB Wood Road, Georgetown, Texas
  1. Why is there a difference in price and services between residential in-city and residential outside-city limit customers?
    • In-city residents contribute directly to the city via city property taxes while residents outside the city limits do not pay city property taxes.
  1. What’s new for commercial customers?
    • The City is excited to offer commercial recycling as a service to customers.  If selected, it will be included on the monthly utility bill. Contact us today at 512-930-3640 to learn about our “Right Sizing” program.
  1. What is the “Right Sizing” Program?
    • It is a program offered by the Environmental Services Department that reviews your current dumpster services and analyzes your refuse to determine if you are using the optimum sized dumpster and service frequency.  It also evaluates whether you could benefit by adding recycling service to your account.
  1. Where can I find a list of the commercial rates?
    • To view the rates, go to recycle.georgetown.org
  1. How do I know if I have the correct dumpster size?
    • The Environmental Services department can help by reviewing your current services and analyzing your refuse through a process called “right-sizing”.

11. What is the Solid Waste Master Plan?

    • The Solid Waste Master Plan is a strategic document that will determine how the City will manage its municipal solid waste stream over the next 20 years. Planning and implementing an integrated solid waste management program is a complex and challenging endeavor. An outside consulting firm will be assisting the City through this process.
  1. What is the Transfer Station Study?
    • The Transfer Station Study provided valuable input to the City in determining the long range plan for the transfer station. It helped the City determine the need for improvement of the existing facility. Construction is expected to begin in 2023!

 

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