Garbage Rates & Rate Reduction Program

2018 to 2020 Solid Waste Rates

We are a part of the South Bayside Waste Management Authority (SBWMA).

The SBWMA is comprised of 12 local agencies including 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 its franchise agreement with our contracted waste hauler, Recology.


How Fees are Calculated

Each year, Recology submits a compensation application. The compensation application details all of the collection costs and disposal expenses at Shoreway Environmental Center and our franchise fee, as well as other fees. The compensation application includes an estimate of the revenue 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 1 of each year.

The 2018-2020 Solid Waste Rates Public Hearing was held Nov. 27, 2017 at City Hall.


Monthly Solid Waste Rates for 2018, 2019 and 2020

Effective January 1, 2019

Residential-Curbside Service

Description Container Size (Gallons) 2018 Max Rate 2019 Max Rate 2020 Max Rate
1 - 20 gallon 20 $22.67 $24.13 $25.87
1 - 32 gallon 32 $33.47 $35.23 $38.65
1 - 64 gallon 64 $55.07 $56.94 $58.87
1 - 96 gallon 96 $71.84 $73.92 $76.06

Commercial Cart Service

Description Container Size (Gallons) 2018 Max Rate 2019 Max Rate 2020 Max Rate
1 - 32 gallon 1X per week 32 $28.53 $29.10 $29.68
1 - 64 gallon 1X per week 64 $59.54 $60.73 $61.94
1 - 96 gallon 1X per week 96 $88.36 $90.13 $91.92

Commercial Bin Service

Description Yards 2018 Max Rate 2019 Max Rate 2020 Max Rate
1 - 1 yard 1X per week 1 $121.43 $123.86 $126.34
1 - 2 yard 1X per week 2 $247.71 $252.66 $257.71
1 - 3 yard 1X per week 3 $378.73 $386.30 $394.03
1 - 3 yard 2X per week(includes freq. surcharge) 6 $801.42 $817.45 $833.80

Attachment Q - Unscheduled Services


Solid Waste Rate Reduction Program

This program applies to residential, single-family Recology customers in San Carlos. Qualification is based on gross annual household income, similar to qualification standards for PG&E’s CARE Program. Residents who receive the PG&E CARE discount on their monthly PG&E bills automatically qualify for the 10 % Solid Waste Rate Reduction Program. If you think you qualify for the PG&E CARE Program but have not yet signed up, contact PG&E.

You must be enrolled in PG&E’s CARE Program to receive the City’s 10 % solid waste discount.

To apply for the City’s Solid Waste Rate Reduction, fill out the online application below.  If approved, you may also qualify for the Sewer Rate Reduction Program. 

Call (650) 802-4194 if you have questions, comments or concerns about Solid Waste.

Please correct the field(s) marked in red below:

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What is your name? Please use the same account information as your PG&E and Recology bill.
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What is your name? Please use the same account information as your PG&E and Recology bill.
2
What is your service address?
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What is your service address?
3
Are you enrolled in PG&E's CARE Program? If not, please contact PG&E at (866) 743-2273 to enroll in the CARE program.
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Please upload a copy of your most recent PG&E bill showing enrollment in the CARE program.
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Please upload a copy of your most recent Recology bill.
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What is your contact information? We will send out annual renewal reminders by email.
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What is your contact information? We will send out annual renewal reminders by email.

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