Public Works director recommends raising residential garbage rates by 14 percent

San Francisco’s public works director has recommended an average rate increase of more than 14 percent for the collection and disposal of trash and recycling in The City.

Director Mohammed Nuru made the recommendation last Friday after considering an application to raise rates by Recology, The City’s residential refuse contractor, public works officials said.

The increase, which would take effect July 1, would equate to an additional $4.85 per month for a typical single-family home with three 32-gallon bins for trash, composting and recycling, Public Works officials said.

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Recology had requested an average rate increase of 16.4 percent in the first year, 4.98 percent in the second year, no increase in the third year and 0.62 percent in the fourth year.

Nuru’s recommendation is to increase rates by an average of 14.42 percent in the first year, 5.46 in the second year, followed by a 0.55 decrease in the third year and a 0.79 increase in the fourth year.

The recommendation comes after a series of community meetings that began in October and consultation with various city agencies to make sure it met city law the requires any residential refuse rate increase to be “just and reasonable.”

“I believe that the costs submitted by Recology and adjusted by The City accurately reflect the cost of providing refuse collection and disposal services to San Francisco ratepayers,” Nuru said in a statement.

Among reasons for the rate increase,…

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