Placerville garbage rates increase 2.14 percent

By From page A3 | May 17, 2013

Placerville garbage rates will be going up by 2.14 percent beginning July 1. A resolution to approve El Dorado Disposal’s request for a rate increase was approved at the May 14 Placerville City Council meeting with a 5-0 vote.

Garbage collection is mandatory within Placerville city limits and the rates are subject to review annually, according to the contract between the city and El Dorado Disposal. The annual increase is based on a Consumer Price Index and a fuel component. The 2013 CPI is 2.20 percent  with a -.06 percent fuel component totaling to a 2.14 percent increase.

The average residential customer in Placerville with a 35 gallon container will pay an additional 41 cents per month for disposal services, while customers with a 64 gallon container will see a 63 cent increase to $30.07 per month. Seniors with a 35 gallon container will see no change in their rates of $16.24 per month, but will see a 56 cent increase if they have a 64 gallon container.

During a Power Point presentation, Waste Connections District Manager Jeff England said, “Last year’s increase of 4.91 percent was spread out mostly over our commercial customers because of AB 341, but this year it is across the board.”

Assembly Bill 341 calls for all businesses and multi-family dwellings to recycle and England said that had been the focus in the past year. “All but 17 of our 113 commercial customers are now in compliance and the new, multi-family recycling programs have been implemented and are meeting with great success. Our goal for 2013 is 100 percent compliance.”

El Dorado Disposal services 2,661 residential customers with a curbside recycling rate of 92 percent.

“Placerville should feel good about this — the residents have really embraced recycling,” said England.

According to El Dorado Disposal’s performance measures, there were only 81 missed pickups in 2012 and only two complaints. Customer satisfaction is measured by a third-party “secret shopper” program and by a questionnaire for commercial customers.

Two members of the audience each spoke to issues with El Dorado Disposal regarding property damage caused by garbage vehicles which resulted in having to go to court.

An EDD focus for 2013 is to capture recyclables in downtown Placerville with specially identified containers that would harmonize with the historic aspect.

“This is a great opportunity to capture more of the bottles and plastic that gets thrown away downtown,” said England. Another focus is to introduce more children to the value of recycling with a garden using composted waste that will be on display at the EDD site in Diamond Springs.

A small battery and used oil recycling programs are also being well-received, said England, and are free of charge. A used battery container is on the fourth floor of City Hall and one is also to be found at the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce.

All members of the City Council spoke to the value of small incremental rate increases annually as opposed to larger increases after several years and expressed appreciation for EDD’s service and involvement with the community.

The rate increase will be reflected on the July bills.

Contact Wendy Schultz at 530 344-5069 or [email protected] Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.

Wendy Schultz

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