Council Approves Smaller Garbage Rate Increase than Proposed

Enough residents spoke at Monday’s meeting to convince the council to eliminate the Hazardous Waste Collector contract for a 0.61% less rate increase.


It’s a nearly impossible battle to gain enough written protests from 50 percent + 1 of the population to stop a garbage rate increase. This increase was no different with only 65 written protests submitted to the city, according to Mike Gibbons of the .

But the city council voted to increase garbage rates by only 7.2 percent, 0.61 less than the anticipated 7.81 percent.

Rates will still increase depending on your garbage bin size:

Capacity Current Monthly Rate Proposed Rate Increase at 7.81%
Rate Increase at 7.2% Actual Rate Increases
20 gallons $10.30 81 cents 80 cents $11.10
32 gallons $24.73 $1.93 $1.78 $26.51
64 gallons $49.46 $3.86 $3.56 $53.02
96 gallons $74.18 $4.97* $4.15** $78.33

*not calculated at the 7.81% increase

**based on a subtraction of .61%

The council chose to eliminate the contract with Door-to-Door, a hazardous waste collector that would offer Redwood City residents unlimited use for hazardous waste disposal.

Residents like Laura Aiden spoke at the council meeting, pointing out that a hazardous waste facility exists at Tower Road in San Mateo. They argued that if they did needed to dispose of these materials, they could make the trek.

“This is an unneeded program,” Aiden said.

Other residents were concerned that the approximately $1 additional cost could increase to many more dollars in future years.

“It’s small now, but we’re tired of being nickel and dimed to death,” said Matt Reising, the treasurer of a homeowners’ association in Redwood City.

Councilmembers seriously absorbed these statements and ultimately decided that the additional 0.61 percent increase in this economy, though small now, was unnecessary.

“Your voices do count, and we will put off this rate increase until this service seems more necessary,” Councilmember Barbara Pierce said.

Mayor Alicia Aguirre also promised that the council would look at ways that contractors like Recology can reduce costs.

Currently eight of the 12 agencies that form the South Bay Waste Management Agency (SBWMA), the joint powers agency of which Redwood City is a partner, use Door-to-Door.

Cliff Feldman, the Recycling Programs Manager of SBWMA, said that more than 300 pounds of hazardous waste was collected from 4,000 households last year.

“It’s been a great success in the jurisdictions that use it,” he said.

Pierce noted the environmental merit and convenience of such a program, especially with the that sent three Recology employees to the hospital. However, she agreed with her fellow councilmembers that the contract would be an added payment for a service that residents did not want.


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Merrily January 10, 2012 at 03:05 PM
So does that mean my dead household batteries are not going to be picked up today?? No more pick up of used oil??? I would rather pay the $.01 extra for that service!! Really ONE PENNY savings!!??!!!
dorothea January 11, 2012 at 12:23 AM
whoopy freaking do. was the writting not on the wall when they eliminated the 40 gal. can. hoping people would contract up. instead people made do with the 32 gal cans they gave out and now they want to regain the difference......what a sham
Sarah H. January 11, 2012 at 03:56 AM
I am so sick and tired of being nickle and dimed in every possible way, by every possible agency. Coupled with the astronomical sewer rates and the garbate rate increases, my bill to the city is getting out of hand. Stop gouging us please!!
Jennifer Tegnerud January 11, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I agree with Sarah! I wrote and sent in a protest, obviuosly it didn't really do much. 7%+ Is a really big increase, and it NEVER stops, year over year it seems like there is always another increase. The inflation rate was 3.3944% for 2011, so why is it ok to raise prices higher than that in a bad economy!? If we have to live on no pay increases, and higher gas prices, water/sewer/trash, PG&E bills etc, SO SHOULD everyone else, especially the Recology employees, and our city council! I own a duplex and our water/trash/sewer is $435 every 2 months, and this is for 2x32gallons trash, and only 2 couples, a total of 4 adults using water with no grass, no yards to really water etc... this is just getting out of control RWC!


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