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RE: Rethink Recology Pricing

From: Fotu, Rebecca L <rlfotu_at_(domain_name_was_removed)>
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2010 09:26:01 -0800

Dear Ms. Goodman and Mr. Harvey:

Your recent emails regarding the new Recology contract and the fee charged for additional recycling and green waste carts have been forwarded to me for response. I would like to clear up the misconceptions expressed in these emails.

The new Recology and previous Allied contract provided one green waste cart at no charge. Allied does not provide unlimited green waste carts. Additional bins can be rented for $3.00/month ($36/year) or a customer can choose to purchase the cart instead of renting ($75). This is why customers who have purchased Allied's green waste carts are entitled to keep them.

The rental fee for extra green waste carts by the new Recology contract is the same, which is $3/month (or $36 per year). If a customer does not want to rent the cart, they can choose to buy the cart, which is $63 for a 64 gallon and $69 for a 96 gallon cart. The rental fee may work well for some customers who only need extra green waste bins during the fall. Customers who already own additional green waste carts can continue to use these as long as the design conforms to the requirements of the Recology collection truck.

The new contract continues the City's commitment to encourage residents to recycle and compost as much as possible. An important enhancement starting January 1, 2011 is weekly pick-up of both the blue and green carts. This change effectively doubles a customer's ability to recycle garden waste as well as significantly increase recycling efforts by adding food scraps into the green waste carts for composting.


Rebecca Fotu
Environmental Programs Manager
City of Menlo Park

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-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Harvey [mailto:jimharvey_at_jimharvey.org] Sent: Saturday, November 06, 2010 5:10 AM To: _CCIN
Subject: Rethink Recology Pricing  

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 Mon Nov 15 2010 - 09:27:16 PST

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