Prop 218 Solid Waste Increase Begins July 1

Starting in July, you will see your Solid Waste Collection Rates charged by MarBorg Industries for franchise residential and commercial waste collection services increase.  Effective July 1, 2022, collection rates will be increased by 5.93%.

The reason for the increase is due to (i) inflation, based on the Consumer Price Index (“CPI”) and (ii) the per ton tipping fees imposed by the County of Santa Barbara for disposal and/or processing of solid waste at the ReSource Center (“Pass-Through Tipping Fees”). The terms of the franchise agreement with Marborg allow for rate increases due to CPI or Pass-Through Tipping fees.

A Public Protest hearing was held on May 17, 2022, in compliance with Proposition 218. Only three public comments were received, far fewer than the 50% required to deny Marborg’s rate increase request. As a result, City Council motioned to approve the collection rate increase.