The Georgetown City Council approved the first reading regarding increased rates for all solid waste disposal services in Georgetown at a meeting Sept. 13.

Assistant Public Works Director Jack Daly informed council members the rate increase is mandated by Texas Disposal Systems and is capped at a 4% maximum.

Daly said the increased rates will help the TDS cover the cost of diesel, labor and waste transfer.

Tier I residential customers are subject to pay $21.71, a $0.79 increase from the existing rate.

This price range is lower than the Leander rate of $28.36, the San Marcos rate of $30.91 and the Austin rate of $49.50.

Tier II customers are subject to pay $32.18, a $1.46 increase; Tier III and Tier IV customers are subject to pay $30.03, a $1.11 increase, and all commercial cart customers are subject to pay $32.00, a $1.20 increase.

Council members will have to approve a second reading before establishing an effective date for price changes.

According to city documents, all Georgetown utility customers who live inside the city limits are required to have garbage through the TDS.

City residents have weekly curbside garbage pickup and biweekly recycling service.

City utility customers who live outside the city limits have the option of having a once weekly trash pickup through the city’s contractor or choosing another service provider.

Additionally, the city is working to implement a 20-year solid waste master plan congruent with other city documents.