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 2021 Proposed Rate Adjustments

City Prepares For Food Waste Recycling & More Street Sweeping 

Food waste recycling is coming to the City of Sacramento. The new recycling program, expected to begin between fall 2021 and spring 2022, is required by state law which mandates food waste recycling for all residential waste services by 2022. When the service starts, food waste will be collected weekly in customers’ green waste containers, instead of their garbage containers.

Green Waste Bin

The new service will impact residential solid waste rates because food must be diverted from the landfill. Food waste will be co-mingled with yard waste and recycled into compost or renewable gas. The City’s Recycling and Solid Waste Division is proposing rate adjustments to go into effect in 2021 to account for the costs of a new food waste recycling service and to increase street sweeping to a monthly service from February through October each year. There is also an adjustment in disposal and operational fees for garbage.

New Food Waste Service

In Sacramento solid waste rates were adjusted in 2019 to cover increased disposal and operational costs. The increase was phased in over a year and a half.  The 2019 rate adjustment did not fully address the cost of  state mandated food waste recycling because the processing costs were still being determined.   

The City now knows those processing costs and can plan for future needs. A green waste/organics rate adjustment will allow Sacramento to comply with California’s aggressive recycling and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals, which require all cities divert 50 percent of food waste by 2020 and 75 percent by 2025. Food waste is already being collected from restaurants and stores, and in 2022 all residential customers in California will be required to separate food waste from garbage.

 

A Growing City

A new service and new customers require more routes. When routes become too large to be completed in one day, service interruptions occur. The city has not increased the number of solid waste routes since 2013, but more than 5,000 new accounts have been added, with an average of 100 new accounts added per month in 2020. The proposed rates will help the City add route capacity to meet increased demand from organics, manage account growth, and avoid service interruptions.   

Street Sweeping More Often

street sweeper graphicThe City is proposing a small rate adjustment for street sweeping service to help to cover the labor and operational costs that will accompany a more frequent service. This service will clean city streets once every month, as opposed to once every six weeks during the months of February through October.

 

 Rate grid

WHAT'S NEXT AND MORE DETAILS

The process for the rate adjustments will be discussed at an upcoming Utility Rate Advisory Commission meetings in the fall. You are invited to view the meetings online or submit comments electronically. To see meeting schedules and agendas, visit www.cityofsacramento.org/ Clerk/Legislative-Bodies/Boards-and-Commissions/URAC for more details. In accordance with Proposition 218, customers will also be receiving a notification via mail in January 2021 and a public hearing on the proposed rates is also planned for early 2021. Information will be posted on our website at www.sacrecycle.org . Questions about rates and services can be sent to sacrecycle@cityofsacramento.org.