Garbage bills are going up in Morro Bay

The Morro Bay City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday to increase the annual garbage collection rate by 3.7 percent effective Sept. 1.

The reason for the rate increase is that landfill and operational costs have gone up, said Tom Martin, general manager of the Morro Bay Garbage Service.

Rates vary by customer and depend on the size of each home’s waste container and type of service. The cheapest single-family rate currently is a 19-gallon mini-can service that costs $9.30 per month and will rise to $9.64 per month in September. The economy rate for a 32-gallon container is $14.88 monthly, which will increase to $15.43 per month.

“Over the past two years we’ve done a good job of controlling expenses,” Martin said. “The need for the increase is being driving by the increased disposal costs and the weak commercial revenue. We are projecting seven new commercial customers in hopes that the improving trends continues.”