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 compost (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 19, 2016, staff presented to the Council Finance Committee (Staff Report #6723) a recommendation to increase Refuse rates - 9% rate increase for Residential Refuse rates along with a 5% increase for Commercial Garbage rates and a 7% decrease for Commercial Compost rates. The following rates are effective on July 1, 2016. Please view the Staff Report #6723 for details on the proposed Commercial Refuse rates.


Residential Refuse Rates

Cart Size

Current Rates 

20 gallon 


32 gallon


64 gallon


96 gallon



Current Residential Rate Schedule (R-1)

Current Commercial Rate Schedule (R-C) 

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Last Updated: Jul 8, 2016