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Atherton: Soaring garbage rates back on council agenda

Original post made on Mar 14, 2011

How should the Atherton City Council proceed with an inevitable garbage rate increase -- earlier proposed at 63 percent to 98 percent? The council will revisit that prickly question when it meets Wednesday, March 16.

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Posted by Recyclingfan
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Mar 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm

If residents would reduce their amount of garbage by using less, recycling and composting more, the increased rates should have far less impact. I have reduced the size of my weekly garbage from a 32 gallon container to a 20 gallon container, and the rates are based on the size of one's garbage container. Because of the size of our lots, we Atherton residents have more green composting bins than residents of neighboring towns - a weekly pick-up of, I've seen as many as ten, bins, along with garbage and recycling seems like a bargain to me!


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Posted by Bi-weekly is Better
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Mar 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Most Atherton residents would prefer that the pickup of recycling materials return to an every-other-week schedule which used to work just fine. That would cut Recology's overhead in half right there. One wonders why they decided to increase the frequency at a time when costs were already escalating for residents.


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Posted by Alfred E Newman
a resident of Atherton: other
on Mar 15, 2011 at 9:54 am

Amazing how even semi-diligent use of composting cuts garbage bulk down to nothing.

If you avoid styrofoam packing and the like.


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Posted by Westside trucker
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Mar 15, 2011 at 10:31 am

Pick up every other week as before. I am rolling out only half as much as I used to.It will same an enormous amout of labor and diesel fuel, and much less damage to out streets caused by the scuffing action of all those truck tires every day.


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Posted by peter carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Mar 15, 2011 at 1:02 pm

peter carpenter is a registered user.

Recyclingfan states:"Because of the size of our lots, we Atherton residents have more green composting bins than residents of neighboring towns - a weekly pick-up of, I've seen as many as ten, bins, along with garbage and recycling seems like a bargain to me!"

It is a bargain only in the short run - in the long run the cities involved will have to pay Recology their actual costs plus a profit and these rate will NOT cover that amount. There will be a huge "truing up" charge that will inevitably results in MUCH higher future garbage rates.