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2015 Solid Waste Rates
The City of San Carlos City Council considered the 2015 solid waste rates at the December 8, 2014 City Council Meeting.  

The City of San Carlos did not increase rates for 2015 scheduled services, which include weekly collection of solid waste and recyclables.  The rate for Residential 64 gallon carts was reduced by $5.00, and the rate for Residential 96 gallon carts was reduced by $15.00. 

For unscheduled services, which include items such as backyard collection, key service, or additional carts, the City Council approved an increase of 1.47%. The increase for unscheduled services is the one year change in U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Price Index.  

For more information, please follow the links below:

How Rates are Set
Prop 218 Notice PDF icon PDF (117.4 KB)
Unscheduled Services (PDF  185 KB).
General Information on Garbage Collection
Recology San Mateo County
Contact Us


How Rates are Set
The City of San Carlos is a part of the South Bayside Waste Management Authority (SBWMA). The SBWMA is comprised of twelve local agencies including the Atherton, Belmont, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, San Mateo, County of San Mateo, and the West Bay Sanitary District. The SBWMA assists each member agency in managing their franchise agreement with contracted waste hauler, Recology.

Each year, Recology is required to submit a compensation application. The compensation application details all of the collection cost, disposal expenses at Shoreway Environmental Center, and the City’s franchise and other fees. The rate application includes an estimate of the revenue that is required to pay for collection services in the coming year.  The difference between the revenue and the projected revenue requirement is used to determine the recommended rate adjustments needed by each agency to pay for these services as of January 1st of each year.

Due to the estimated revenue that will be generated in 2015, there is no increase for scheduled services, and there is an increase of 1.47% for unscheduled services.


Actual Cost for Garbage Collection
Due to many customers down-sizing to smaller cart sizes thereby reducing trash to the landfill and increasing recycling and composting, and a current pricing structure that does not fully cover costs, San Carlos residential service continues to bring in less revenue than the actual cost for collection services. This occurs because the number of customers with smaller cart sizes continues to increase each year, while the number of customers with accounts that subsidize these services continue to decrease.

As the City moves towards cart cost alignment it will result in price increases for customers with 20 gallon and 32 gallon carts and price decreases for customers with 64 gallon and 96 gallon carts.  Since the majority of our customer base uses the smaller cart sizes, this will increase the amount of revenue generated. This surplus revenue will ultimately need to be balanced by making adjustments to both the remaining residential (those with larger cart sizes) and commercial account holders.

The current (2014) residential cart subsidy is as follows:

Cart Size

Current Number of Accounts

Current Rate Per Month

Actual Contractor Cost Per Month

Difference Per Month

20 Gallon

2,072

$20.87

$39.18

($18.31)

32 Gallon

5,245

$31.18

$40.53

($9.35)

64 Gallon

1,110

$57.23

$44.14

$13.09

96 Gallon

155

$83.45

$47.74

$35.71

The 2015 residential cart subsidy, commencing January 1, 2015, is as follows:

Cart Size

Current Number of Accounts

Current Rate Per Month

Actual Contractor Cost Per Month

Difference Per Month

20 Gallon

2,072

$20.87

$39.18

($18.31)

32 Gallon

5,245

$31.18

$40.53

($9.35)

64 Gallon

1,110

$52.23

$44.14

$8.09

96 Gallon

155

$68.45

$47.74

$20.71

Prop 218 Notice
The City of San Carlos mailed all property owners a notice of its intent to maintain the current rate for scheduled services and increase the rate by a maximum of 1.47% for unscheduled services for the collection of solid waste and recyclable materials. The notice that was sent to all City of San Carlos property owners can be viewed here. (PDF  177.4 KB)

Rate Protest Process
The rate protest process has ended for 2015 Solid Waste Rates.

For future reference:

If you wish to file a written protest, please send a letter in a sealed envelope addressed to Solid Waste Rates, City Clerk, City of San Carlos, 600 Elm Street, San Carlos, CA 94070.  Your letter must identify the real property you own by street address and assessor’s parcel number (located on the front of the notice). Your letter must be legibly signed by any one of the current property owners.  Your name should be set forth as it appears on your tax bill. 

In order to be considered for 2016 Solid Waste Rates protest, the City of San Carlos must receive your letter at City Hall by 5:00 p.m. on December 14, 2015 (date of 2016 Solid Waste Rate public hearing), or it must be presented at the City Council meeting on December 14, 2015 prior to the close of the public hearing on the matter.

Any person interested, including all collection customers of the City of San Carlos, may appear at the public hearing and be heard on any matter related to the proposed rates.

Contact Us
If you have questions, comments or concerns about the proposed 2015 Solid Waste Rates, please contact the City of San Carlos Public Works Department at (650) 802-4194.