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2022 Proposed Rate Adjustments

The Recycling and Solid Waste Division (RSW) is committed to providing reliable service at the lowest possible rates. RSW implements a diligent financial planning process to ensure we meet new regulatory requirements and cover increased costs. 

The Recycling and Solid Waste division implements a diligent financial planning process to ensure it can meet new regulatory requirements and cover increased costs. This effort ensures funds are available to maintain, repair, improve and streamline RSW’s operations. Detailed financial information about the division is available in our report provided to the Utilities Rate Advisory Commission on September 22, 2021. The meeting can be viewed here, and the report and presentation RSW provided for this meeting can be found in the agenda.   

The proposed rate increase was approved by City Council with a 9-0 vote during a public meeting January 25, 2022. The meeting can be viewed here

A provider of property-related utility services must charge what it costs to provide the services. The rate adjustment will help address:

  • New organic waste recycling service is expected to begin in summer 2022. This 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 in yard waste bins, along with yard trimmings and other organic waste, instead of garbage bins
  • An adjustment in disposal and operational fees for garbage and recycling services, and the need for additional staffing and equipment to serve our expanded routes.

State law allows the owner of record, or the tenant of a parcel to protest proposed rate increases for waste collection, recycling, and street sweeping services. Proposed rate increases may not be implemented if a majority of the affected property owners protests the rate increases. Instructions on filing a protest are at the bottom of this page.

For more information on rates, please view the Rate Change Flyer and email questions to

Para información sobre el ajuste de tarifas en español haga clic aquíPara información sobre la ley SB 1383 y desechos orgánicos haga clic aquí.


New Food Waste Service and Rate

Collection of residential food waste has been mandated by the State of California to begin in 2022. When implementation of this collection program starts, the City plans to have customers dispose of food waste in their yard waste container starting July 1, 2022. The proposed organic waste rates include the addition of food waste. However, there are some customers who do not receive City yard waste collection services due to an exemption. These customers will still need to dispose of food waste separately from garbage that is collected on a weekly basis, and they will be provided a new food waste only container which will be dropped off to their residence. This proposed rate is for customers who will receive only food waste services and no yard waste services. The rate will be charged when the collection program starts in July.