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Skyrocketing Garbage Rates?
February 22, 2006

Recently I was asked by an E-Forum reader why his garbage bill went up 10 times the Consumer price Index increase. Hereís why:

There are two parts to the garbage fee. The collection fee increase was passed by the City Council on January 10, 2006, Item J-1 on the agenda. The CPI increase, in accordance with Richmondís contract with Richmond Sanitary Service was 2.8%, and the rates were increased accordingly by $0.43 to $1.31 per can, depending on size.

The big increase was a fee for the Integrated Resource and Recovery Facility (IRRF), which ranged from $5.19 to $25.37 per can, depending on size. This fee was adopted by the West Contra Costa Integrated Waste Management Agency, which is governed by the board listed below. A further explanation is in the attached letter.

The W.C.C.I.W.M.A. is a public agency that addresses solid waste issues in West County. The agency is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of appointed members from the Member Agency's City Councils.

Public participation at meetings is welcome. For more information on Board Meetings or to request an agenda, please call (510) 215-3125.

Jurisdiction

Director*

Alternate*

 

 

El Cerrito

 

Letitia Moore

 

Bill Jones

 

Hercules

 

Ed Balico

 

Trevor Evans-Young

 

Pinole

 

Maria Alegria

 

Peter Murray

 

Richmond

 

Nat Bates - Chair, Richard Griffin, Maria Viramontes

 

Jim Rogers

 

San Pablo

 

Joe Gomes - Vice-Chair

 

Paul Morris

 

Contra Costa County

 

John Gioia - Non-Voting Ex Officio Director

 

Gayle P. Uilkema

 

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