San Carlos Residents Face Higher Garbage Rates.
February 14, 2011
How Much Higher is the Question.
One of the topics at tonight's San Carlos City Council Meeting is to discuss how to address the proposed rate increase for garbage and recycle collection in San Carlos. When the South Bayside Waste Management Authority (aka Rethink Waste) switched collection companies from Allied Waste to Recology at the beginning of this year, it ushered in a higher cost structure to go along with those newfangled collection bins.
According to this article in today's Daily Journal, the rate hike in San Carlos may range between 11 and 13.2% this year alone. The increase in cost is attributed to a variety of factors, ranging from Recology's higher cost for providing waste collection services to paying off carry-over debt from the previous contract with Allied Waste. While a potential 13.2% increase is not trivial, it's not the highest rate increase being proposed by Rethink Waste — other cities on the Peninsula face increases ranging from 9% all the way up to 39%.
At tonight's City Council Meeting, which starts at 7 PM in the Council Chambers at the San Carlos City Hall, the Council will likely set a hearing for April 11 to solicit public input on the increase.