Increased solid waste rate may be coming for SLO residents

A new California state law takes effect this year with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from landfills.

The City of San Luis Obispo says this requires mandatory statewide waste reduction changes.

If you live in the city of San Luis Obispo, you may have received a three-page notice in your mailbox alerting you to a possible increase in solid waste rates due to this new California law.

“As a result, residents and businesses in the City of San Luis Obispo could see their garbage bills increase starting May“said Jordan Lane, Waste and Recycling Coordinator for the City of SLO.

The proposed increase is an increase of 17.75% plus a temporary increase of 8.88% for this year.

“An average residential customer might see an increase of about $10 per month on their bill, while a business customer might see an increase of about $100 per month,” Lane said.

Some residents say it’s a necessary service and they don’t mind the increase.

“I can honestly say I don’t mind because I have a lot of yard waste,” Rotraut Cannon-Miller said.

While for others, like Antonio Ramos, it’s an extra cost. He says before receiving the notice that he had just heard from his landlord about a $50 rent increase.

“I got the trash in the mail and I’m like ‘oh man,'” Ramos said.

According to San Luis Garbage, the rate increase is due to the new California law, but also to other operating costs, including trucks, fuel and labor costs.

“A lot of that fare increase is actually due to inflation costs over the past few years. You’ve combined that with the cost of operations and the aging fleet that we’ve had to replace,” the manager said. of San Luis Garbage District, Jeffery Clarin.

SLO City Council will hold a public hearing on April 19. Residents who wish to protest the rate increase must submit a written protest to the City Clerk prior to the hearing date.

“If rates don’t pass, the cost of those changes remains, so we’ll have to find different avenues for those revenues,” Lane said.

After the public hearing, the San Luis Obispo City Council will decide whether or not the proposal is accepted.

The city also says it is working on a program to help residents who may need financial assistance for the proposed rate increases.

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