5.3% Increase in 2012
In a widely anticipated move, the San Carlos City Council on Monday voted 4-1 to approve a 5.3% rate increase for garbage and recycling service from Recology. The increase should come as no surprise to residents of San Carlos, since the likelihood of a price increase has been discussed periodically in previous council meetings.
According to Kristen Marschall’s article in the Daily News, San Carlos residents are actually quite diligent at recycling and diverting waste from the landfill. This year alone, nearly 69% of all curbside waste in San Carlos was recycled instead of going into landfill, according to the article. Because of this proficiency, many residents were able to downsize their black garbage bins to smaller sizes (and cheaper rates), thus creating a shortfall in expected collection revenue at Recology.
Looking ahead, there will likely be another rate increase of about 3.5% in 2013, according to the article.
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