You can expect your garbage bill to be going up in the not-too-distant future, as Cowlitz County transitions to its “new method” for disposing of solid waste in the local area. As part of that transition, the base rate for disposal of solid waste is going up, effective December 1st. County Solid Waste Manager Don Olson tells the County Commissioner that the rate is going up, but should stay steady for years, if the Headquarters Landfill is approved…landfillrates…Yesterday morning, the Cowlitz County Commissioners approved a rise in the county’s tipping fee, which will rise from $37 per ton to $49 per ton. It’s estimated that this will have an impact of between 6.5 percent and 8.5 percent on the residential garbage rate, depending on the city. Olson says that this change is connected to the transition to the Headquarters Landfill, or to long-haul trucking if the Headquarters facility is either denied, or isn’t ready when the Tennant Way Landfill closes in November. Olson says that they are still on track with that November timeline, but it’s dependent on state approval of several permits. Last week, county officials announced that they plan to make a final decision on the landfill acquisition and operation by the middle of October.