Friday, April 18, 2014
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Charge by number of pickups

As I understand from the article “Council looks at broader bag ban” on Wednesday July 3, the City Council has approved a rate increase of about $7 per month on the flat-fee monthly rate for the largest size trash can, and a smaller rate increase on the smaller sizes (the exact increase was unclear in the article). This was described as part of the city’s goal to become a zero-waste community.

What I don’t understand is how this rate increase leads us toward that goal. How does it encourage residents to decrease the amount of trash generated? If we only fill our trash can a quarter-full each week, we are still charged. If we only put it out on the curb once per month, we are still charged. Is this an incentive for us to trade in our large-size can for the medium or small-size can? That would generate a waste product of hundreds of large trash cans, the default size when the cans were issued.

The zero-waste goal would be achieved sooner by charging by the number of pickups, not only the size of the can.

Airy Krich-Brinton

Davis

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  • Melody TateJuly 11, 2013 - 2:08 pm

    ABSOLUTELY!!!!! This writer beat me to the letter... I put my large can out about once every other month. I got the large can for 2 reasons: 1) I generate very little garbage, so I don't have to schlep it to the street very often and 2) Every once in a while, I do something around the house where I actually NEED the large can. I've been subsidizing the garbage costs of my neighbors for many many years (their sewer rates too, if truth be told), but this proposal is just the last straw. There are certainly technologies available to enable the City/DWR to institute per pickup charging for garbage. If the City Council is REALLY interested in Davis becoming as close to a Zero-Waste location as possible, then they will re-think the current plan in favor of a cost per pickup model.

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