Inter-Departmental Correspondence

Department of Public Works



January 28, 2011


February 15, 2011


Complied with Required Notification





Honorable Board of Supervisors


James C. Porter, Director of Public Works


Executive Summary:

Adoption of Garbage and Recyclables Collection Rates in County Service Area No. 8 (North Fair Oaks)



Acting as the governing board of the County Service Area No. 8, adopt a Resolution adopting the garbage and recyclables collection rates for County Service Area No. 8 (North Fair Oaks).



On June 16, 2009, your Board adopted Resolution No. 070189, which set the garbage and recyclables collection rates in County Service Area No. 8 (CSA-8) for FY 2009-10 and FY 2010-11.


On October 20, 2009, your Board adopted Resolution No. 070423 which approved a new franchise agreement with Recology San Mateo County (RSMC) to provide services for the collection of recyclable materials, organic materials, and solid waste. These services will be provided to CSA-8 and the Unincorporated Franchised Area within the South Bayside Waste Management Authority (SBWMA) service area, exclusive of CSA-8 and West Bay Sanitary District from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2020.


On December 14, 2010, your Board adopted Resolution No. 071184, which set 9:00 a.m. on February 15, 2011, in your Chambers as the time and place for a public hearing regarding the adoption of the proposed garbage/recyclables collection rates for CSA-8.

Rate Adoption Procedures

The process to be followed for adopting the Garbage and Recyclables Collection Rates includes:



Hold a public hearing and receive testimony on the proposed rates, considering all written and oral objections, close the public hearing and determine if there is a majority protest to the proposed garbage and recyclables collection rates.



If there is a majority protest, terminate the consideration of adopting rates.



If there is not a majority protest, adopt the Resolution and set the Garbage and Recyclables Collection Rates for CSA-8, effective March 1, 2011.



The Department has conducted an analysis of the customer base, service levels, and revenue requirements for CSA-8 and determined that no increase in the rates for commercial bin service is required. However, the Department is recommending a five percent (5%) rate increase for residential and commercial parcels with cart service.


The proposed rates are listed in Exhibit A to the Resolution and would become effective on March 1, 2011. The charges based on the rates will appear on the property owner’s tax bill for FY 2011-12 for all parcels with residential dwellings, pursuant to County Ordinance Codes 4.04.200 and 4.04.220. Commercial parcels will continue to be billed by the service provider. The rate increases are predominately due to new collective bargaining agreements, new collection service trucks, and the cost of providing weekly service to all three carts for residential customers. The recommended rates also reflect an increase from three (3%) to five percent (5%) in the franchise fee that will be paid to the County.


The Department complied with the public outreach and process outlined in the December 14, 2010 Board Report.


County Counsel has reviewed and approved the Resolution as to form.


Approval of this action will contribute to the Shared Vision 2025 outcome of a Collaborative Community by continuing to promote regional garbage and recyclables solutions and engage the community in the process to adopt garbage and recyclables collection rates for County Service Area No. 8.



The proposed rates reflect a five percent (5%) increase over the current rates for residential dwellings and commercial parcels utilizing cart service, and no increase in rates for commercial parcels that subscribe to bin services. Through SBWMA’s rate review process, the average rate increase for the SBWMA member agencies is approximately 16%.