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Customers unload trash Feb. 1 at the Skagit County Recycling & Transfer Station on Ovenell Road.

Fees for disposing of garbage at Skagit County’s three transfer stations will increase June 3.

The Skagit County Solid Waste Division proposed increasing rates early this year. According to a news release, the Skagit County Board of Commissioners approved the increase March 25.

“Our rates last increased in 2010,” Skagit County Solid Waste Division Manager Margo Gillaspy said in the release. “Many people don’t know this, but the solid waste division is funded entirely by disposal and user fees.”

She said disposal and labor costs have increased since 2010, and the division has encountered increased needs for equipment maintenance.

To keep up with increasing costs, the division is increasing its fees to dump garbage at its transfer stations.

The Skagit County Recycling & Transfer Station on Ovenell Road near Skagit Regional Airport and the transfer station in Concrete will see incremental increases through 2023.

In June, rates will increase from $89 per ton to $97 per ton. The minimum charge will increase from $10 for the first 200 pounds to $14 for the first 280 pounds.

The rate will then increase by $2 per year starting in 2020, topping out at $105 per ton. The minimum charge will also increase by $2 per year starting in 2020, topping out at $20.

Customers at Clear Lake will see a one-time increase starting June 3 from $6 per bag to $7 per bag.

Household recycling and hazardous waste drop-off will remain free.

— Reporter Kimberly Cauvel: 360-416-2199, kcauvel@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter: @Kimberly_SVH, Facebook.com/bykimberlycauvel

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