Union County Commissioners approve garbage rate increase

By on Monday, February 12th, 2024 in More Top Stories Northeastern Oregon News


UPDATE 2/13/24:

Following clarification from the Union County Commissioners, Elkhorn Media Group have confirmed that the 3.14% increase was also presented to, and subsequently approved by all cities in Union County, with the exception of the City of Union.


People in more rural areas of Union County will soon pay a little more for garbage service.

The Union County Board of Commissioners recently approved a 3.4% rate increase for Waste-Pro.

According to Commissioner Matt Scarfo, the increase matches the one requested by Waste-Pro, which provides garbage collection service for much of Union County.

Scarfo said Waste-Pro managers said the increase was needed primarily because of rising overall costs. He said the increase will specifically be for those who use Waste-Pro around Union County and not in the La Grande city limit.

Elkhorn Media Group has attempted multiple times for comment from Waste-Pro.

Waste-Pro holds a franchise arrangement with the county, offering services to numerous unincorporated areas. Additionally, it serves La Grande, Island City, Imbler, Elgin, and Cove.