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Last Updated: Jul 31, 2015

Refuse Rates


Our refuse rates don’t just pay for garbage, they pay for much more. 

They pay for the collection, processing and disposal of garbage (black cart), recycling (blue cart), and yard trimmings (green cart); street sweeping; household hazardous waste; annual clean-up day program; maintenance, monitoring and reporting for the closed Palo Alto Landfill; and zero waste programs.

On April 7, 2015, staff presented to the Council Finance Committee (Staff Report #5566) a three-year residential rate increase plan to ensure that the residential refuse rate revenue will fully cover all current program costs as well as to fund a new program that will allow residents to place food scraps and food soiled paper into the green carts commingled with the yard trimmings. Each year of proposed increases will require approval of the Palo Alto City Council. The following are the residential refuse rates that will go into effect on July 1, 2015. 

Refuse Rates  
Cart Size Current Monthly Rate
 Mini-can/20-gallon $24.30
 32-gallon $43.75
 64-gallon $87.51
 96-gallon $131.26

For more information see the Residential Refuse Rates FAQ.


Current Residential Rate Schedule (R-1)

Current Commercial Rate Schedule for cart service (R-2)

Current Commercial Rate Schedule for bin service (R-3)



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Last Updated: Jul 1, 2015