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Today: Atherton holds study session on refuse service

Also on agenda: climate action plan and Earth Day

Atherton's City Council will study options for the future of its refuse collection service when it meets for a study session on Wednesday, March 2, at 2:30 p.m. in the town's council chambers at 94 Ashfield Road.

Also on the agenda is a look at details of the town's state-mandated plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and a vote on what movie should be shown at the town-sponsored Earth Day celebration in April.

Although its existing contract doesn't expire until 2020, the council is scheduled to consider if it should plan to renew its franchise contract with Recology.

A second option: asking the South Bay Waste Management Authority, also known as ReThink Waste, to find a new company to provide refuse collection services for the agencies it represents (Atherton plus nine other cities, the county and the West Bay Sanitary District). The town could also remain as part of the authority, but negotiate it's own agreement. Finally, the town will look at the ramifications of withdrawing from the authority and managing the town's refuse service on its own.

The authority wants its members to decide by the end of 2017 if they want to extend the Recology contract.

A report from council member Bill Widmer says that the current contract charges Atherton for some services it does not use.

The council is also scheduled to look at details of its state-mandated Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gases. The town's Environmental Programs Committee had initially recommended an ambitious program, going far beyond the state mandates, including requiring new construction to be zero net energy, producing as much energy as it consumes.

The council asked for more information including the costs to the town and to property owners and details on much greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced by the various measures.

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