Why am I required to subscribe to solid waste/recycling removal services?

At its core, solid waste and recycling removal is based on public health and safety. In 1999, the City of Napa revised the Napa Municipal Code (NMC) and adopted a “universal” mandatory service requirement. The mandatory service requirement applies to all residential and commercial establishments within the City limits and requires that new residents/businesses secure and maintain solid waste/recycling removal service through the City’s authorized contractor (currently NRWS) at City-approved rates.  Shared service is allowed under the NMC if verified by the City of Napa.

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1. When was the last solid waste and recycling collection rate increase?
2. Why are rate increases being proposed?
3. What are the consequences if existing rates remain unchanged?
4. How do I submit a protest vote against the proposed rate increases?
5. What do I do if I believe that I did not receive a public notice in the mail (or if I mistakenly threw it out)?
6. Who is receiving and counting the protest votes?
7. Where does my trash, recycling and composting go now?
8. Why am I required to subscribe to solid waste/recycling removal services?
9. Will illegal dumping increase with the proposed rate increases?
10. Do businesses and/or tourists pay their fair share of costs under proposed rates?
11. How do the proposed rates compare to other communities?
12. Is there anything I can I do to minimize impact of the proposed rate increases?
13. My household is on a low/fixed income. Is there additional assistance available?