How do the proposed rates compare to other communities?

As noted on the front page of public notice, the proposed 65-gallon residential rate effective January 2020 would be just below the average for current rates in surrounding Bay Area communities. Direct solid waste/recycling rate comparisons are difficult because of differences in programs, disposal tip fees, labor costs, property costs, etc. for each jurisdiction. Some communities (like the City of Napa and recently South Napa County) have a 20-gallon residential cart size available, many do not. Some communities (like the City of Napa) have mitigation costs included for the impact of heavy refuse and recycling trucks on public streets, many do not. 

It should also be noted that the comparison of the proposed residential rates shown on the public notice only use known existing rates for comparison. However, other jurisdictions will be adjusting their rates in the near future as well. The City of Vallejo (currently serviced by Recology Vallejo) and south unincorporated Napa County (currently serviced by Napa County Recycling & Waste Services) are both scheduled to adjust (increase) their solid waste and recycling collection service rates as of October 1, 2019 (as well as October 1st in subsequent years).

The loss of revenue from the declining value of recyclable materials impacts all solid waste and recycling operators through the nation (and particularly on the west coast of the United States that have historically shipped to China and other Pacific Rim countries). Less polluting (but higher cost) refuse and recycling vehicles are also required in California under emission rules adopted by the California Air Resources Board and will impact all jurisdictions throughout the state as the next generation of collection vehicles are purchased.

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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?