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Living in San Carlos August 30, 2010

Recology Prepares to Take Over Garbage Collection Duties in San Carlos.

by Chuck Gillooley

New Collection Bins to be Delivered.

Almost is if on cue after Allied Waste’s public relations gaffe last week, Recology San Mateo County announced today that they begin delivering new garbage and recycle collection bins to residents throughout San Mateo County, starting with the City of San Mateo this week.   If you weren’t aware, Recology will take over they garbage and recycle collection contract from Allied Waste for all of San Mateo County starting on January 1, 2011.  Today’s announcement is the most visible sign of the upcoming transition.

What’s in Store For San Carlos.

There will be some positive changes for San Carlos residents when Recology takes over the helm next year.  First, Recology will be issuing brand-new, wheeled garbage containers to each household.  This will make it much easier to get trash to the curb each week if you have one of the old-style cans.  Second, they will allow residents to combine ALL hard recycled material (glass, cans, paper) into a single, wheeled container.  No more sorting!  There will be a third bin for compost and food scraps, just as before.

Here’s a very informative update that was released by Recology today regarding the transition over to their system, and most important, what to do with your old recycle and garbage bins:

San Mateo, CA – August 30, 2010 – This morning marks the beginning of Recology San Mateo County’s phased delivery of 276,000 new Recycle, Compost and Garbage carts to residents of the South Bayside Waste Management Authority (SBWMA) service area (i.e., Atherton, Belmont, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, Unincorporated San Mateo County and the West Bay Sanitary District) with deliveries first starting in the City of San Mateo. A total of 92,000 homes, or an average of 1,200 homes per day, will receive the new wheeled carts over the next three and half months. The delivery schedule is as follows:

San Mateo: Aug. 30-Sept. 21
Redwood City: Sept. 22-Oct. 12
San Carlos: Oct. 13-Oct. 22
Menlo Park: Oct. 25-Nov. 2
Belmont: Nov. 11-Nov. 17
Foster City: Nov. 18-Nov. 24
Burlingame: Nov. 25-Dec. 1
East Palo Alto: Dec. 2-Dec. 7
Hillsborough: Dec. 8-Dec. 10
Atherton: Dec. 13-Dec. 15
West Bay Sanitary District: Dec. 16-Dec. 18
*Unincorporated San Mateo County residents will receive their carts based on the cart delivery schedule for the neighboring city.

The new carts will be delivered the day before a resident’s regular plant material collection service day.

As of January 1, 2011, Recology San Mateo County (formerly Norcal Waste Systems of San Mateo County), will provide recycling, compost and garbage franchised collection services to all Residential, Multi-Family and Commercial customers within the 12 Member Agencies of the SBWMA. Allied Waste of San Mateo County’s franchised collection agreements with the 12 Member Agencies expire December 31, 2010.

Residents will receive three new, wheeled carts: A new black Garbage cart in the size of their choosing, (20, 32, 64 or 96 gallon), 64-gallon single-stream blue Recycle cart and 96-gallon green Compost cart, with the exception of Hillsborough, whose residents will continue to use their current green Yard Trimmings carts.
In June, most residents living in single-family homes were mailed a Garbage Cart selection brochure that included their current garbage service level and assigned Garbage Cart size, along with the option of changing their assigned size by July 9th. Responses were only needed if a different size cart was wanted other than the one assigned.

The mailer also included information on the new collection services, known as the “CartSMART” program. CartSMART includes weekly collection service for Recycle, Compost and Garbage, including a conversion to Single-Stream Recycling, which allows residents to put all of their recyclables into one blue cart without having to sort materials. Residents currently use the “dual-stream” system, which requires them to separate paper products from plastic, metal and glass containers and place into different recycling tubs.

Another new addition to the services in January is the collection of food scraps and food and beverage soiled paper products. Currently the green Yard Trimmings carts are only used for lawn trimmings, with the exception of the City of San Carlos, who rolled out a residential compost program last year. In December, residents will also receive a two-gallon kitchen pail for in-home use once the program begins in 2011.

“We believe these changes will make collection services easier and more convenient,” says Mario Puccinelli, General Manager for Recology San Mateo County. “The goal is to increase recycling and divert as much from the landfill as possible. We think these new programs will help us achieve that goal.”

Residents may begin using all three carts right away, but are asked not to include food scraps in their Compost cart until January 1, except for San Carlos.  Recycling and yard trimmings collection will continue to be every other week until January 1, 2011.   Allied Waste will service the new carts through the end of this year, and will be using different trucks to pick up the Recycle carts.  The trucks will look similar to a garbage truck, but will be dedicated for recycling only.

Residents are asked to put out their current green Yard Trimmings cart on their first collection day after receiving their new one for Allied Waste crews to pick up.  Residents may keep their old garbage cans and recycle tubs if they would like to, or they may have them taken away.  To have the recycling tubs taken away, residents are asked to place them upside down next to their carts on their recycling collection week.  Those who would also like their old garbage cans taken away will be provided stickers that say “Take Me” to place on the cans.

Residents are encouraged to visit www.RecologySanMateoCounty or www.RethinkWaste.org for more information. A “How-To” video is available online at www.RecologySanMateoCounty.com for all Residential, Multi-Family Dwelling and Commercial customers explaining the details of the program as well as additional services provided by Recology.

On August 28, 2008, Recology of San Mateo County was chosen by the SBWMA Board of Directors to provide recycling, compost and garbage collection services to all Residential, Multi-Family and Commercial customers for the 12 following Member Agencies as of January 1, 2011. The SBWMA is the legal name for RethinkWaste.

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  • It seems that the cart has been put before the horse. I live in San Mateo and Allied picked up my 2 lawn recycling containers and Recology only delivered 1 container. I called and was told that Recology will be picking up once a week as where Allied picked up every other week. So it appears that I’m out of luck for the next month and a half since I’m still with Allied every other week and only have one container. I called both Allied and Recology, and Allied said this was intentional to inconvenience the customer since they are unhappy about losing the contract. I could rent an additonal container for the next 6 weeks from Allied until Recology takes over. I must admit, I question the public officials who signed and negotated this contract. They clearly did not pay attention to some details.

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  • Nice announcement today by our new garbage “service” that rates are increasing up to 39% at the beginning of the year. Way to get off on the wrong foot Recology! And all thanks again to greedy union contracts…a recurring theme around here. Great job SC in negotiating the new deal….you were duped by a low bid and didn’t write the contract to prevent something like this. Who’s minding the store around here??? Outrageous!!!

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    • …and our entire neighborhood still does not have our new bins/cans.

      Ever more proof that those who are minding the store can or have been bought or simply are inept at deserving the trust we place in them to work in the public’s best interest.

      Maybe they can put a parcel tax on the next ballot to pay for these increases?

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      • When I first saw those new bins arrive I thought: “Uh, oh. Here comes a bill increase.” Definitely could’ve lived with our old garbage can, etc.! By the looks of the increase, San Carlos bills will go up 13% as of March 2011. Atherton – 39%. So it depends on the city you live in within SM county.

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        • UPDATE: Our neighbors across the street have received their new bins today…the rest of our street, still nothing. Does anyone else question Recology’s effiency? They responded to an email saying we will be getting our bins on Nov 4.

          And who is rating the negative Recology posts as a 1?
          Please come forward and tell us why you think we’re wrong.

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  • Can we do a poll on whether or not people like their new garbage bin? Our family recycles everything, but even so, with 2 small children, we find the garbage bin much, much too small. It would be one thing if the can were perfectly rectangular, but when you open it up, there is a huge cut out (which I guess allows it to be loaded on to the truck?) I wish we could have kept our old trash can.

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  • I just got the first bill for 3 months of garbage service and find that my garbage bill has gone up by nearly four times. Certainly not the 39% everyone is talking about. More like 200%. Has anyone else figured this out? How can they do that? Can we refuse the service?

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