The Placerville City Council approved the increase of weekly garbage service rates in the city at the May 27 meeting, but the increase may not be too painful. Residential customers with 35-gallon carts will see a raise of 26 cents per month; 64-gallon cart users will see a raise of 40 cents and 96-gallon cart rate payers will see an increase of 48 cents. Seniors with 35-gallon carts will see no increase at all, while seniors with 64-gallon carts will have a raise in rates of 36 cents.
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City staff and El Dorado Disposal meet monthly to review the two indexes used to determine possible annual rate increases, the Producer Price Index for No. 2 Diesel Fuel and the Consumer Price Index for California. This year the CPI increase is 1.5 percent and the fuel increase is actually a decrease of .18 percent, resulting in a combined rate increase of 1.32 percent.
El Dorado Disposal District Manager Jeff England presented a report on El Dorado Disposal’s 2013 performance in the city to the council. Customer calls were answered in an average of 38 seconds — the performance standard expected is 75 seconds. There was one customer complaint and it was resolved within 24 hours. There were no complaints about litter. All reports were filed within the time periods specified and the missed pickup rate was 84 out of 250,000 pickups, considerably better than the allowed performance standard of five misses per 1,000 pickups.
England also mentioned new programs going into effect. One is a new pink 35-gallon cart with the breast cancer symbol on it. Each cart includes a donation to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer awareness and they are free to city rate payers, available on a limited basis.
“The use of these 35-gallon carts supports breast cancer awareness,” said England,”and encourages people to downsize their garbage and recycle more.” The donations have already been sent to the American Cancer Society and the carts are free. The Pink Cart is a pilot program and Placerville is the first city, by request of City Councilwoman Trisha Wilkins, to use it.
Another new program being piloted by El Dorado Disposal is driver participation in Neighborhood Watch. “We are partnering with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department to keep an eye out for problems when we are making our rounds,” said England. “It will involve a little bit of training, but we are out pretty early in the morning and we can help.”
Councilwoman Patty Borelli said, “I am very enthusiastic about the Neighborhood Watch Program and it’s a great idea to coordinate with the Sheriff’s Office.”
A third new program involves food waste. “We are partnering with Sacramento which has a bio-digester that can turn food waste into natural gas,” said England. “We’ll pick up food waste from restaurants in our area and take it to Sacramento.”
The success of the curbside battery and used oil pickup will expand to picking up used oil filters as well, said England, and El Dorado Disposal is planning outreach programs to encourage city residents to compost.
City Councilwoman Wendy Thomas praised El Dorado Disposal, saying, “You have been great neighbors and it’s incredible what you have done with our Community Clean-Up days and in cleaning Hangtown Haven.” The next Community Clean-Up Day will be June 21.
The new garbage service rates go into effect on July 1. To participate in the Pink Cart Program call El Dorado Disposal Service at 530-295-2800.
Contact Wendy Schultz at 530-344-5069 or [email protected] Follow @WSchultzMtDemo.