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2012 Multi-Family Recycling Commodity Rate Announced



Bellingham, WA – Multi-family recycling commodity rates for 2012 have been approved by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) effective July 1, 2012. This rate change applies only to multi-family customers.

In 2011, market prices for recyclables improved from 2010 prices. As a result, the 2011 recycling commodity charge (debit) of $0.07/yard/pick-up will now be a credit of $0.09/yard/pick-up. This is the first time since 2001 that the annual recycling commodity rate for multi-family customers has been a credit rather than charge (debit).

Sanitary Service Company, Inc. (SSC) provides your complex with recycling collection services. You pay us to collect your recyclables, such as newspapers, bottles and cans. These materials are sold and the value we receive (if any) from the sale of these materials is applied to your collection bill in the form of a recycling credit or recycling charge (debit). The recycling credit or recycling charge (debit) is determined by market prices for recyclables from the previous year. It is reviewed and adjusted annually by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC). Market prices for recyclables go up and down just like prices for other commodities, such as lumber and gasoline. For a history of the recycling commodity tracker please click here.

For questions or more information, please contact us or call (360) 734-3490.


About Sanitary Service Company (SSC)

Established in 1929, SSC is Whatcom County's largest recycling and garbage collection service provider, serving 45,000 + customers from Bellingham to Blaine and beyond. SSC is a sustaining member of Sustainable Connections, a Toward Zero Waste Founding Pioneer, 100% Green Power Leader, 5-Star EnviroStar business and Whatcom Smart Trips employer. For more info visit


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