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News - January 22, 2014

Atherton hikes green-waste rates

by Barbara Wood

Garbage rates may be going up again in Atherton, but this time the increases are reserved for those residents who use more than five green waste containers each week, with a smaller increase for those who use three or four of the containers.

The town wants to recover most of its costs for having garbage and recycling picked up, and despite recent increases, it still hasn't reached that goal for the green waste containers, Finance Director Robert Barron told the council at its Jan. 15 meeting.

It costs the town about $19 to have each green waste container picked up and processed; but the current rate, after the two free green waste containers each user is allowed, is $10 each for the third and fourth containers and $15 each for containers five and above.

The proposed rates would increase to $11 for the third and fourth containers and $18 for containers five and above.

A public hearing on the rate increase will be held at the council's March 19 meeting.

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