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Originally published Monday, September 24, 2012 at 6:18 PM

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County Council raises trash-pickup rate

The Metropolitan King County Council on Monday approved an increase in trash-pickup fees of almost $8 for most residential customers. The increase does not affect Seattle and Milton, which have their own garbage-hauling services.

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Trash pickup will cost most residential customers in King County almost $8 more next year under a rate increase approved 6-3 by the Metropolitan King County Council on Monday.

The increase does not affect Seattle or Milton, cities with their own waste-handling systems.

The average one-can residential customer will pay 64 cents more per month, according to county officials, or about 4 percent a year.

The same residential customers saw their trash bills increase about $10 this year.

For those who bring their own loads to county transfer stations, passenger-car loads will cost $22 per trip next year including taxes and fees; a $2 increase.

Councilmembers Reagan Dunn, Jane Hague and Pete von Reichbauer voted against the rate hike.

— Bob Young

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