Transfer Station Solid Waste Fees to Increase on July 1

In today's hearing, the Board of Commissioners approved an 8.5% increase to the solid waste fees charged by the Columbia County Transfer Station, effective July 1, 2022.

Pursuant to Board Order 6-2010, the Columbia County Transfer Station disposal rates are adjusted each year based on the prior year's Consumer Price Index (CPI). The CPI increase for disposal is passed through to collection franchisee customers and included with the change in the collection service rate. The CPI increased by 8.5% for the year ended March 2022. Therefore, the CPI disposal rate increase is 8.5%, raising the commercial tonnage rate from $93.06 to $100.97 per ton and raising the curbside collection rate for once-a-week residential service by $0.81 per month per 35-gallon cart.

The new solid waste fees are as follows:

Commercial Tipping Fee             $100.97/ton


Minimum up to 320 lbs.        $24.70

Over 320 lbs.                        $150.25/ton

Senior Rate up to 320 lbs.    $15.20

Yard Debris

Minimum up to 860 lbs.        $24.70

Over 860 lbs.                        $50.00/ton

The fees for recycling items, and the unsecured loads, will not increase as a result of today's hearing.



Located at 1601 Railroad Avenue, St. Helens, OR 97051, the Transfer Station is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., except for holidays. The Transfer Station also hosts multiple Hazardous Household Waste (HHW) Collection Events throughout the year. For more information about the Transfer Station or HHW Collection Events, please call (503) 397-7259 or visit Columbia County's website at


Columbia County plans, organizes, and directs recycling, reuse, waste reduction, and household hazardous waste management programs throughout its 657 square-mile area. The county operates a transfer station in St. Helens and administers the solid waste collection events within the unincorporated areas of the county.

2022/23 Solid Waste Rates

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