Calculating Commercial Rates

Calculating Commercial Detachable Container Rates

The charge for each detachable container will be calculated in accordance with the following formula:

(A*m) + ((B*cy)*m)

A = Trip rate
B = Volume rate
m = number of pick-ups per month (4.33 per month for weekly service)
cy = number of cubic yards picked up at each collection

Commercial Rates

Effective April 1, 2023, the account fee is $31.65 per account. Effective April 1, 2021, the account fee was $31.20 per account.

Commercial Detachable Container Rates

Rate variables Uncompacted Compacted
April 1, 2023
April 1, 2024
April 1, 2023
April 1, 2024
Trip Rate (A) $20.60 $21.15 $20.60 $21.15
Volume Rate (B) $34.85 $35.75 $70.80 $72.65

Commercial Can Service Rates

Customers receiving regularly scheduled can-unit pickup service for one or more cans will be charged according to the following schedule:

Service type effective
April 1, 2023
April 1, 2024
Per 10-20 gallon can pickup $9.20 $9.45
Per 32 gallon can pickup $13.35 $13.70
Per 60-65 gallon can pickup $26.20 $26.90
Per 90-96 gallon can pickup $30.75 $31.55

When a set number of units are serviced each week, the customer may be billed at a flat monthly collection charge equal to four and one-third (4 1/3) times the applicable unit rate, times the number of units serviced each week, subject to the minimum monthly charges where applicable.


Special Collection Rates

As of January 1, 2011, special collections are charged at 130 percent of the rate for a single pickup of the same size container as outlined in the rate schedules above.


Public Utilities

Andrew Lee, General Manager and CEO
Address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 4900, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34018, Seattle, WA, 98124-5177
Phone: (206) 684-3000

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