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Rethink Recology Pricing

From: Jim Harvey <jimharvey_at_(domain_name_was_removed)>
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 2010 05:09:35 -0700


Honorable Council Members,

Under the present Allied Waste "Solid Waste" collection contract, a flat fee is charged, based on the size and quantity of the solid waste container (garbage can). An unlimited number of containers are accepted for recyclable materials like cans, bottles, paper, cardboard, and garden waste. The idea is to encourage the segregation of recyclable materials to the maximum extent.

In speaking to a Recology representative, I just learned that if any additional garden waste containers are put out for collection after January 1st (beyond a single green cart), residents will be charged an additional $36 per year per container! I believe this policy is sending the wrong message, and will reverse any progress that has been made toward encouraging folks to segregate their waste. The inclination will certainly be to put the extra leaves (or whatever) into the garbage can, rather than to set out an additional green container and be charged for it. Unlimited "free" garden waste pickup has an additional public benefit, too, as it will encourage residents to keep their yards cleaned up and not sweep or blow their leaves into the street.

Menlo Park should "rethink" this change in recycle pricing, and retain the current unlimited "free" garden waste pickup policy.

Jim Harvey
Cotton Street
Menlo Park Received on Wed Nov 10 2010 - 17:46:00 PST

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