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Big garbage, recycling rate hikes in store for Woodside, Portola Valley

Original post made on Nov 12, 2019

Woodside and Portola Valley have negotiated a new recycling and garbage collection agreement with San Jose-based GreenWaste Recovery that calls for a more than 30 percent average base rate increase.

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Posted by awatkins
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Nov 12, 2019 at 9:20 am

Redwood City residents pay $96/mo for a 96-gallon bin.

Woodside and PV residents will pay $127/mo for the same thing.

Why is GreenWaste charging us 32% more than the next city over pays?

Why are Woodside and PV not soliciting competitive bids?

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Posted by Price gouging
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Nov 12, 2019 at 11:31 am

@awatkins it’s the Pv/Woodside upcharge. They see our zip code and automatically assume we should pay more for the same service. Make sure to submit a letter of protest by the deadline to prevent these changes from going into effect

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Posted by Skeptic
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Nov 12, 2019 at 11:54 am

So let's see. Using a rough number of $80/month as the increase in the cost of the drive-on service, and let's say a month has 4.33 weeks, that's about $18.50 for each drive-on garbage pickup, which may take 5 minutes. That works out to a rate of $222 per hour!

Nice work if you can get it!

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Posted by Pot Meet Kettle
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Nov 12, 2019 at 12:26 pm

Woodside and Portola Valley have far fewer parcels on a per-square mile basis than
other comparably-sized service areas. This means the garbage company's fixed costs are spread across fewer customers. Also, the roads are narrower and the driveways longer. This means it takes more time for trucks to complete their routes. Add these two factors together and you will see higher service rates.