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Menlo Park agrees to recycling center

Original post made on Feb 26, 2009

Menlo Park's City Council has unanimously agreed to a plan to re-tool the Shoreway Recycling Center in San Carlos. The new facility, which could cost as much as $65 million to build, would allow for single-stream recycling, and would increase diversion rates by an estimated 30 percent, officials said.

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Posted by more money
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 26, 2009 at 4:00 pm

Actually - the figures presented at the meeting estimated the cost for a resident with one 32 gal can, at a current rate of $12.55, would go up $1.86 per month or 14.85%, ($0.61 for the debt service plus $1.25 for collection services associated with the new facility. However our city staff did not think it important enough to include in its presentation figures to the council and the public the just proposed new gargbage rate increase of up to 24% over the current rates. Rates that do not inlcude the proposed 14.85% increase for the new recycling center. Thus a potential rate increase of about 40%.

Also, the SBWMA has not been able to present a final cost figure due to not having determined final bond costs.

Menlo Park does have one of the lowest grabage rates in the Bay Area but it seems the city is once again spending money without the full picture and consideration of the financial impact upon the residents of Menlo Park at a time when economics are in dire straits.

And when is MP staff going to start giving the council and the residents the full picture and in a timely matter?


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Posted by Penny Ury
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 26, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Good question, "more money."

What I want to know is why the council doesn't demand better financial information from its staff. Obviously, the staff has no incentive to do better.

Maybe the council just prefers to be left in the dark?


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Posted by Pony Up
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Feb 27, 2009 at 1:53 pm

This sounds like nickels and dimes. We produce trash, too much trash. Hats off to the council for a unanimous approval to increase our waste diversion by 30% thus extending the life of the landfill and, in the end, saving rate payers money. At last a decision that will have an environmental impact in Menlo Park. No costly study and no delay. If the sacrifice to get this done consists of paying a little more, we are fortunate to have this opportunity. This step is easy. There will be others that will ask more of us.

What's next? Let's keep moving.


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