The following was
received from Supervisor John Gioia. I guess the critical
information is the reality of the high cost of transferring from a
small truck to a large truck and shipping our garbage and trash
somewhere else. For many years, we have had the (economic) advantage
of a home town land fill.
Probably the only
thing we can collectively do about this is to try, as a society, to
recycle more, compost more, waste less and reduce the bulk of
packages, all to reduce the remainder of the waste stream that soon
will have to be hauled to another county.
Although the fee is
actually to cover transportation and dumping fees at a landfill in
another county, it perhaps misleadingly is termed “Integrated
Resource Recovery Facility Surcharge.”
If you really want
to know all there is about trash and garbage in West Contra Costa,
explanation regarding the increased garbage rates is not
complete or fully accurate. In your email, you state that: "the big
increase was a fee for the Integrated Resource and Recovery Facility
(IRRF)...". The IRRF is the recycling center which processes all of
the green waste collected in West County. The "big increase" was
NOT for the IRRF.
increase in the fee is due to one simple fact -- the Richmond
Landfill (the "garbage dump") has reached capacity and the State
Regional Water Quality Control Board has ordered the landfill to
close within the next few months. Consequently, the West County
cities (including Richmond) and the County have all agreed that
their garbage will be taken to a landfill in Solano County (near
Fairfield) called Potrero Hills (also owned by Republic Services).
recall, you and the City Council voted, along with the County, to
issue a permit to Richmond Sanitary to construct a "transfer
station" at the existing Richmond landfill site. All West County
solid waste will be taken by garbage truck to the newly constructed
transfer station and transferred onto larger trucks and transported
about 30 miles to the Potrero Hills landfill.
part of the garbage fee increase is to cover this new increased cost
of transporting and disposing of West County garbage at a new
landfill in Solano County since the Richmond landfill will no longer
be able to accept any more trash (other than self-hauled waste).
this out to those who received your email. Thanks.
Supervisor, District One
Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors
11780 San Pablo Ave., Suite D
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Phone: (510) 374-3231
Fax: (510) 374-3429