Refuse collection rates are on the rise in San Francisco, with a series of increases expected to bump residential rates at least 20 percent by 2021.
Story and photograph by Thomas K. Pendergast
(Originally posted June 20, 2017, on SFBay, a news website for the San Francisco Bay Area.)
After shutting down recycling centers throughout much of San Francisco, saying curbside recycling made them obsolete, San Francisco Monday gave Recology Sunset Scavenger a green light to raise collection rates, charging residents more for trash, recycling and compost.
At City Hall Monday morning, the three-member Refuse Collection and Disposal Rate Board unanimously rejected 53 different objections to the proposed new trash rates, which will increase garbage bills by an average of more than 14 percent starting July 1.
Rates will then increase over the next two years by more than 5 percent until, by 2021, most garbage bills will have increased by more than one-fifth.