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Trash collection: Another steep round of hikes

Original post made on Oct 21, 2011

Rates that already went up in July will go up again, with the total of the two increases meaning many Atherton residents' garbage bills will have doubled in a little more than six months.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, October 20, 2011, 6:34 PM

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Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Oct 21, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

This was predicted at the time that the rates were last set. The Town entered into a very bad 10 year contract with Recology that virtually guarantees that Recology will recover its costs plus a profit.

There is nothing that can be done now expect make sure that the new rates will a) cover that cost and b) be structured in such a way that each individual customer pays their actual costs so that one set of customers is not subsidizing another set of customers. The increased charges for green-waste carts is a step in the right direction.


Posted by Dharma, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 22, 2011 at 2:26 pm

My house, two people, generates less than one cubic foot of trash per week. The rest is recycling; we could delver it all to the Shoreway transfer facility. With the latest raise to cover those $75k/year drivers and their robot trucks, maybe that's the answer.


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