The Woodside Town Council expressed its dissatisfaction with a proposed 10-year solid waste disposal contract with San Jose-based GreenWaste Recovery Tuesday (Nov. 12) by agreeing to consider seeking competing proposals from other agencies.
The GreenWaste contract calls for a 32% rate increase for 68% of customers who have curbside service and hikes from 50% to 403% for "concierge service" customers who need workers to walk or drive onto their properties to reach their collection carts.
GreenWaste has said that the higher drive-on and walk-on fees are a result of needing to buy smaller collection trucks that can navigate narrow hillside roads, the additional employee time needed to service the properties, and other factors.
The drive-on and walk-on customers have previously paid the same as curbside customers.
Portola Valley and Woodside have the same solid waste disposal contract, and Portola Valley will be considering the contract at its council meeting tonight (Nov. 13).
The Woodside council will meet again on Tuesday (Nov. 19) to weigh the results of the Portola Valley meeting as well as the possibility of filing a request for proposal from other companies.