New Solid Waste & Recycling Rates

The City is excited to announce a renewed five year contract for Solid Waste Services that was approved with Texas Disposal Systems in September 2017.

Rates will be adjusted on billings after November 1, 2017 and reflect the new contract pricing.

The rate also includes funding of the Solid Waste Master Plan, Transfer Station Study, and billing and administrative services provided by other City departments.

To view the new rates, please click this link: 2017/18 Garbage Utility Rate Schedule

Along with a new contract with Texas Disposal Systems, the City of Georgetown will undergo a project to build a 20 year solid waste master plan. For more information click this link: Solid Waste Master Plan

The City will also partake in another project that will assess our city-owned transfer station and 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 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.

  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.   There will be no interruption of service as we transition to the new contract effective November 1, 2017.

  1. What are the new residential rates?
    • Customers residing within the city limitswill pay $18.80 per month for service. Customers outside the city limits will pay
    • $26.40 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 via a voucher that covers 50% of the disposal costs

  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 instead of billed separately through TDS.

The contract renewal has also resulted in an increase in the monthly service rates for dumpsters and carts. Contact us today at 512-930-3640 to learn how our “Right Sizing” program can help mitigate the impact.

  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”.

  1. When do the new rates go into effect?

The new rates will go into effect beginning November 1, 2017.

  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.