Umatilla County customers of Sanitary Disposal Inc. will pay more for garbage service come Sept. 1. The rate change affects customers outside of Hermiston city limits, but not Hermiston residents.

The company holds the waste collection franchise for Hermiston and asked the county to approve a rate increase. Mike Jewett, president of Sanitary Disposal, told the county board of commissioners at its meeting last week that the company has about 3,200 customers in the county and most would pay $20.10 per month for service, an increase of $1.70.

He said Sanitary Disposal lost approximately $296,000 last year due to the lack of recycling stemming from China no longer taking plastic recyclables from the United States. The rate increase would account for inflation for 2019, 2020 and 2021, Jewett said, and make up for the loss in revenue.

He added Morrow County approved the rate increases, which went into effect in Boardman in July and becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2020, in Irrigon.

Umatilla County commissioners approved the rate increase on a 3-0 vote.

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