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Garbage Collection Rates Going Up Six Percent

Garbage collection rates are going up 6 percent.

Garbage collection rates are going up 6 percent.

Earlier this week, Alameda City Council approved a 6 percent increase in garbage collection rates.

Alameda County Industries (ACI) holds the franchise for garbage collection with the City of Alameda; the company had applied for a 19 percent rate increase.

Part of the problem for ACI is that Alameda residents are diverting more waste from landfill, and downsizing their garbage bins to smaller sizes, which have smaller collection fees.

Nonetheless, City of Alameda policy has been to hold rate increases to below 10 percent.

After the increase, most residents will pay roughly an additional four to four-and-one-half dollars per month for garbage collection.

City officials are also exploring options for an alternate waste disposal company to take over the franchise.

3 comments to Garbage Collection Rates Going Up Six Percent

  • Allison Martin

    What the heck is going on here? I just got my new bill for Jul/Aug/Sep and it’s $105.46! That’s a 48% increase over my last bill which was $71.40. I did not change the service, still being charged for the same old 32 gal. garbage bin. Anyone else get a new huge bill like this? I’ll call them tomorrow to see what’s up, hope it’s a mistake.

  • Allison Martin

    Wait, my old bill is for a 20 gal. For some reason they sent me bill for 32 gal. Gotta make that call!

  • Allison Martin

    OK, I finally got my own garbage bill. My rate for the 20 gal. service went up 16.5% (do the math in the chart above). The 30, 64 and 96 gal. services only went up 6%. So now it seems we’re being penalized for having less garbage, i.e. for recycling more. Not fair! Oh and ACI is also charging us for Benchmark Service to study our garbage, only 45 cents but wow really?

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