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Following public meetings on December 6, 2017 and June 6, 2018, Moorpark residents and businesses will see their first solid waste (trash, recycling, organic waste) rate increases since 2011. The new rates reflect the current costs of providing trash, recycling, and yard trimmings collection, as well as new and upgraded services for Moorpark, including an expanded senior discount (ages 62+). Because the City Council negotiated a rate freeze with the City's trash haulers between 2011 and 2018, smaller annual increases were skipped during negotiation of a new solid waste franchise agreement, which results in a single larger-than-normal increase at this time as rates are reset to match the costs of providing service.
The rate freeze between 2011 and 2018 allowed standard residential customers to continue paying the 2011 rate of $26.36 per month instead of the $30.04 per month that was required by the City's prior solid waste franchise agreement to match the increasing costs of providing service. This resulted in a savings of $194.90 for every homeowner over seven years. Standard commercial customers similarly saved $1,987.92 during that time.
Most trash in eastern Ventura County is taken to the Simi Valley Landfill and Recycling Center for disposal/processing. As a result, the costs of serving Moorpark should be expected to be slightly higher than the costs of serving Simi Valley, and slightly lower than the costs of serving Thousand Oaks. Using standard residential service as an example, the Moorpark standard residential rate of $30.63 per month is in between the Simi Valley rate ($29.88 per month) and the Thousand Oaks rate ($30.83).
The new rates include various new and expanded services for Moorpark residents.
If you have any questions about your solid waste services, please contact Waste Management at (805) 522-9400 or Moorpark City Hall at (805) 517-6241.