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RE: Rethink Recology Pricing

From: Naomi Goodman <nlgoodman_at_(domain_name_was_removed)>
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2010 21:10:26 +0000

Thanks for your response. I wish I hadn't been so quick to get my old cart disposed of.

Could you confirm whether Recology will be able to empty Allied carts after Jan 1? From their literature, I was under the impression that the trucks could only service Recology carts.

> From: rlfotu_at_menlopark.org
> To: jimharvey_at_jimharvey.org; nlgoodman_at_hotmail.com; councilmail_at_menlopark.org
> CC: nlgoodman_at_hotmail.com
> Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2010 10:57:03 -0800
> Subject: RE: Rethink Recology Pricing
> Dear Mr. Harvey,
> There is not an extra charge for servicing the carts. The cost is associated with the cart itself. I apologize for the language used by the Recology representative because it is $3/month to rent the cart or a fixed fee to buy it. This is the same cart rental fee charged by Allied at $3/month.
> I just got off the phone with the operations manager from Recology, and if you have seasonal yard waste, you could place it in a paper yard bag (can be purchased at a hardware store) and place it next to your green waste cart, and there would be no additional fee.
> I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have further questions.
> Rebecca Fotu
> Environmental Programs Manager
> City of Menlo Park
> 650.330.6765
> Please consider the environment before printing this email
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jim Harvey [mailto:jimharvey_at_jimharvey.org]
> Sent: Monday, November 15, 2010 10:27 AM
> To: Fotu, Rebecca L; nlgoodman_at_hotmail.com; _CCIN
> Cc: Naomi Goodman
> Subject: RE: Rethink Recology Pricing
> Dear Rebecca Fotu,
> Thank you for your response to my letter regarding the
> Recology pricing issue.
> Your attempt to "clear up the misconceptions" regarding
> Recology pricing has missed my point completely.
> Your response is directed toward charges for the provision of
> recycling carts, either by renting them or purchasing them,
> for which I have no disagreement.
> My criticism concerns the extra charge for "SERVICING" the
> carts, whether they are rented or owned by either Recology or
> the customer.
> Currently, under Allied Waste, there is NO extra charge for
> "servicing" additional recycling containers put out for
> pick-up. According to the Recology representative I spoke
> with, an additional $3 "servicing" charge per container per
> month ($36 per year per container) will be billed to the
> resident after January 1st for any additional recycling carts
> put out for pick-up.
> It is this extra Recology "servicing" charge that I find
> objectionable, as it provides a disincentive to recycle.
> I hope I have "cleared up the misconceptions" about my
> letter.
> Jim Harvey
> **** **** **** **** **** ****
> At 9:26 AM -0800 11/15/10, Fotu, Rebecca L wrote:
> >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.
> >
> >Sincerely,
> >
> >
> >Rebecca Fotu
> >Environmental Programs Manager
> >City of Menlo Park
> >650.330.6765
> >
> >Please consider the environment before printing this email
> >
> >-----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 Tue Nov 16 2010 - 13:15:21 PST

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