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Refuse Collection and Disposal Rates (Garbage Rates)

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Under the 1932 Refuse Collection and Disposal Initiative Ordinance, the City and County of San Francisco approves and sets residential refuse (garbage) rates.  The Director of San Francisco Public Works is charged with reviewing applications for adjustments in residential refuse rates, holding public hearings, and issuing a report and recommended order on whether rates are just and reasonable.

 

Refuse Rate Hearing Notice

The City’s Refuse Rate Board has received an application from Recology, the San Francisco refuse collection and disposal processing company, for an increase in residential refuse collection and disposal rates for trash, recyclables, and compostables (black, blue, and green bin services). Recology is requesting to rebate surplus revenues to ratepayers and to increase rates, for an effective increase of 16.40% in the first year (or about $5.70 a month for an average single family home), 4.98% in the second year, and 0.62% in the fourth year. Without rebates, rates would increase by an average of 22.96% in the first year. Recology is also requesting to modify the previously approved cost of living adjustment formula. If the increases are approved, the City and Recology anticipate that new rates would go into effect on July 1, 2017.

The Director of Public Works will hold a series of public hearings on Recology’s application in San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Place, as follows:

Date Event Name Location Time
Tuesday, February 28 Technical Workshop City Hall, Room 421 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wednesday, March 8 Director's Hearing (agenda) City Hall, Room 400 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday, March 15 Director's Hearing (agenda) City Hall, Room 400 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Wednesday, March 22 Director's Hearing (agenda) City Hall, Room 416 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tuesday, March 28 Director's Hearing (agenda) City Hall, Room 416 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday, April 19 Director's Hearing City Hall, Room 400 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Wednesday, April 26 Director's Hearing City Hall, Room 400 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday, May 3 Director's Hearing City Hall, Room 400 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Thursday, May 4 Prop 218 Hearing City Hall, Toom 416 9:00 am - 11:00 am

 

The hearings listed above are subject to continuation to later dates, rescheduling, or cancellation.

The Director will take public comment regarding the application at the conclusion of each hearing. The public may also submit written comments in advance of any of the hearings by electronic mail to refuserates@sfdpw.org or by regular mail to the Refuse Rate Hearing Officer, c/o Department of Public Works, City Hall, Room 348, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102.

If the Director’s Recommended Order is appealed to the Refuse Rate Board, the Rate Board will issue a new notice and hearing schedule. The Rate Board can be reached c/o City Administrator, Room 362, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102.

Copies of relevant documents, including the Recology application, updated hearing schedules, and related documents are available at City Hall, Room 348 for public inspection and online at www.sfpublicworks/refuserates.

Rules of Procedure for refuse collection and disposal rate hearing.

 

Right to Protest the 2017 Rate Application (Proposition 218 Information)

Any customer may submit a written protest against the 2017 Rate Application to the Hearing Officer by sending it to:
 
Refuse Collection Rate Hearing Officer
c/o San Francisco Public Works
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall, Room 348
San Francisco, CA 94102
 
Customers may also submit written protests at any of the public hearings on the 2017 Rate Application.
 
The Hearing Officer will hold a hearing on the written protests on Wednesday, May 4, 2017, at 9:00 a.m., in Room 416 at City Hall, located at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. Protests must be received by the end of the public hearing to be counted. The Hearing Officer will not accept or count protests received after the close of the hearing, even if postmarked prior to that time.
 
Each protest must identify the subject premises (by street address or refuse collection account number) and include the signature of the customer submitting the protest. The Director of Public Works has issued guidelines for the submission and tabulation of protests to the 2017 Rate Application.
 
 

 

Ratepayer Advocate

Public Works has hired a “Ratepayer Advocate” to inform and educate the public about Recology’s proposed rate increase, create and provide an easy to understand summary of the request, and let the public know how they can participate in the rate hearings. You can contact the Ratepayer Advocate by calling (415) 324 8477 or sending an email to Info@ratepayeradvocatesf.org. Please visit www.ratepayeradvocatesf.org for more information.

 

Technical Workshop

There will be a technical workshop on San Francisco Residential Refuse-Collection Rates on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm in San Francisco City Hall, Room 421.

At the February 28 technical workshop people can learn more about and weigh in on the proposed rate increase. Representatives from Recology will present an overview of the application, which will be followed by a question and answer period. Staff from Public Works, the Department of the Environment and the Ratepayer Advocate will be present to answer questions.

 

 

2017 Final Rate Application


2017 Draft Rate Application

 

Public Workshop, October 18, 2016

 

2016 Intent to File Rate Application

 

Recology Reports

 

San Francisco Refuse Collection and Disposal Rate Board Meeting

August 17, 2016; 3-5 p.m., City Hall, Room 263; 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

 

San Francisco Refuse Collection and Disposal Rate Board Meeting

December 16, 2015; 2-5 p.m., City Hall, Room 263; 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

 

Refuse Collection and Disposal Rate Board Reports

 

Refuse (Garbage) Rates effective July 1, 2016

 

Refuse (Garbage) Rates effective July 1, 2015

 

Refuse (Garbage) Rates effective July 1, 2014

 

Refuse (Garbage) Rates effective August 1, 2013

 

2013 Proceedings

The director has scheduled six (6) public hearings in April and May on the 2013 rate application filed by Recology. The director has also issued new rules of procedure governing the 2013 rate application process. Staff issued its report on the application May 10, 2013. Hearings will be held on the staff report on May 20 and 22, 2013.  

 

Your Right to Protest the 2013 Rate Application (Proposition 218 Information)

Any customer may submit a written protest against the 2013 Rate Application to the Hearing Officer by sending it to:

Refuse Collection Rate Hearing Officer
c/o San Francisco Public Works
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall, Room 348
San Francisco, CA 94102

Customers may also submit written protests at any of the public hearings on the 2013 Rate Application.

The Hearing Officer will hold a hearing on the written protests on Friday, June 14, 2013, at 1:00 p.m., in Room 400 at City Hall, located at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. Protests must be received by the end of the public hearing to be counted. The Hearing Officer will not accept or count protests received after the close of the hearing, even if postmarked prior to that time.

Proposition 218 Public Hearing Notice

 

Each protest must identify the subject premises (by street address or refuse collection account number) and include the signature of the customer submitting the protest. The Director of Public Works has issued guidelines for the submission and tabulation of protests to the 2013 Rate Application.

Guidelines for the Submission and Tabulation of Protests – Public Works Order # 181,253

 

2013 Final Rate Application

On March 14, 2013, Recology submitted a refuse rate application. The contents of the application are below:

 

2013 Draft Rate Application

On December 11, 2012, Recology submitted a draft application for an increase in residential rates.  Follow the links below to view various components of the draft rate application.

 

2013 Workshops

Public Works held a technical workshop on the final application on March 21, 2013.  Recology presented information on the final application. A workshop on the draft application was held in January 2013.

 

2013 Ratepayer Advocate

The San Francisco Office of Contract Administration has selected a “San Francisco Refuse Ratepayer Advocate” to facilitate public participation in the 2013 rate adjustment proceedings. The Ratepayer Advocate is an independent party committed to providing the public with clear information on the proposed new rates and representing the views of ratepayers during public proceedings.

 

Contact Information

For billing disputes related to garbage service contact:
Recology Sunset Scavenger 415-330-1300
Recology Golden Gate 415-626-4000 
Recology website

For liens related to garbage service contact: 
Department of Public Health, Solid Waste Program
415-252-3872