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.

Staff is proposing a 5% increase for fiscal year 2018 (would take effect July 1, 2017) to complete the three-year plan of residential rate adjustments, balancing residential sector revenue and expenses (Staff Report #5566). Staff is proposing no change to commercial rates.

Residential Refuse Rates

Cart Size

Current Rate

Recommended FY 2018 Rates

Dollar Increase

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: Mar 29, 2017