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 2012 and extended for five years in 2017. The rate increase request is based on an industry formula and is capped at 4% maximum. This year, TDS requested and received a 1.26% rate increase.

Additionally, residents will see a rate increase of $1.00 to help pay for a transfer station renovation, and $0.12 for Household Hazardous Waste.

The total rate increase for Tier I (in-city) residents is $1.37. Rates will be adjusted on bills after November 1, 2020 and will reflect the new contract pricing.

The overall rate also includes funding of billing and administrative, street department, and services provided by other City departments.

To view the new rates, please click Solid Waste Rates 2020 .

The City is in the process of negotiating a new solid waste contract. Along with a new contract  the City of Georgetown will begin to implement a 20 year solid waste master plan. For more information click this link: 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


  1. Why are rates changing?

The solid waste & recycling contract approved in 2012 had a five (5) year term limit which ended this year. The City Council evaluated several term options but in the end decided to renew the existing contract for an additional (5) year term in 2017. 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?
    • Customers residing within the city limits will pay $20.92 per month for service. Customers outside the city limits will pay $28.92 per month.
  1. What services are included for residential customers inside the city limits?
    • Weekly curbside solid waste collection
    • Bi-weekly curbside recycling collection
    • Quarterly household hazardous waste disposal via a voucher
    • Monthly curbside yard trimming collection
    • Twice-yearly bulky waste pickup
  1. What services are included for residential customers outside the city limits? 
    • Weekly curbside solid waste collection
    • Bi-weekly curbside recycling collection
    • Quarterly household hazardous waste disposal
  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 City 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

  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”.

  1. When do the new rates go into effect?

The new rates will go into effect beginning November 2, 2019.

  1. 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 will provide valuable input to the City in determining the long range plan for the transfer station. It will help the City answer the question of whether to improve the existing facility or build a new facility adjacent to the existing one. An outside consulting firm will be assisting the City through this process in coordination with the Solid Waste Master Plan.


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