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GreenWaste says it needs higher rates because people are producing less garbage

Original post made on Jul 3, 2014

The Portola Valley Town Council approved a 5.58 percent rate increase for recycled materials and garbage collection in town. GreenWaste officials said that customers are producing less garbage -- the key to revenues under the current rate structure.

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Posted by Jim
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Jul 3, 2014 at 10:34 am

So, if people are recycling more, why doesn't that offset the garbage rate? Sounds like BS to me. More recycling = more revenue for the garbage company . . . but that doesn't count toward anything????? Please explain.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of another community
on Jul 3, 2014 at 5:28 pm


you're assuming that recycling revenue is substantial enough to offset the loss of garbage collection revenue. If people are going from 1 32 gallon can to 1 mini-can service, for example, that's a difference of over $10 per month for that customer. If you think that most customers are setting out recyclables that will fetch an additional $10 of replacement revenue per month, I suggest you visit one of the places where you can trade recyclables for cold, hard cash and see what $10 looks like :-)

That was the smallest revenue drop I could spot with a casual glance at the rate chart. Most service reductions reduced revenue substantially more. If people are putting out less garbage and adjusting their service to reflect it, I could see Greenwaste feeling a bit of a pinch.

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Posted by lame
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Jul 4, 2014 at 2:32 pm

That is a really lame article title. The garbage company has fixed costs, like driving the garbage trucks around every week, regardless of how much garbage they pick up. They have every right to adjust their rates to cover their actual costs.

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Posted by Ugh
a resident of another community
on Jul 6, 2014 at 8:04 am

Proof positive there is no pleasing these people...produce too much waste, prices go up, do not produce enough, prices go up...and good luck dreaming up an arbitrary "just right" amount. They do the same with water use.

I am guessing those in Woodside and PV can afford this, but the same thing happens all over where those who really can't afford it have to pay more. If you have to raise prices due to operating costs, say so...don't blame the customer for being better at doing what you want...producing less waste. Sigh.

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