The cost of dumping garbage in the Salt Lake City/County Landfill went up Tuesday - despite the increase not receiving final approval.

Because the landfill is run jointly by the city and county, both the County Commission and the City Council must approve rate hikes. The commission has approved Tuesday's proposed hike. The City Council has yet to consider it.But Dan Bauer, landfill manager, said the rates will go up anyway. "We've had a member of the Landfill Council touch base with Mayor Palmer DePaulis," Bauer said. "He agrees with the recommendation (to raise the rates)."

The City Council is expected to approve the new rates some time in January.

Because of the hike, commercial and municipal haulers will have to pay $8 per ton to dump in the landfill, compared with the old $6.25 rate. Residents disposing of their own trash will be charged $5 per ton.

Officials said the increase is needed to pay for long-term financial and environmental liability and to comply with Environmental Protection Agency standards.