Trash collection rates could rise
Last week I spotted an article from the Hayward Daily Review about trash collection rates rising in San Leandro. Since they use the same hauler we on the Island do – Alameda County Industries – I was wondering if we can expect our rates to increase in the not-too-distant future too. And guess what? It’s on the council agenda for Tuesday.
ACI’s Louie Pellegrini said his company is asking for a rate increase, in part due to rising labor costs. The other reason is because the bottom fell out on the market for recycled paper, which has been a revenue source for trash companies. Public Works Director Matt Naclerio explained that China had been the world’s big buyer of recycled paper until recently, when it pretty much stopped buying. As a result, he said garbage collection rates are rising in a number of East Bay cities.
Naclerio said rates could rise $2.56 a month for the average residential customer, an increase of 9.52 percent, to $29.50 a month. Pellegrini said service levels will be maintained.
The council is also considering extending its contract with ACI to 2022 (it now sunsets in 2012) and also paying some money up front that was due in 2012 to help capitalize the garbage hauler, which is anticipating revenue shortfalls of $680,000 for the current rate period.