Solid Waste Utility rolls out new cart sizes and revised rates
On December 20, 2016, Redding City Council approved rate changes that will take effect on January 1, 2017 for Solid Waste Utility customers.
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Why did the City decide to start charging for a second green waste cart?
The costs associated with the green waste program have increased significantly. Due to limited space and a localized market we are only able to compost about 30 percent of the green waste material that we receive. The revenue from compost sales falls far short of covering the costs associated with collecting and processing green waste. Last year gross revenue from compost sales amounted to $31,229.87.
The city used to be able to send excess material to a third party that would accept it at no charge and would pay for the shipping. Due to a change in transportation arrangements they are no longer able to accept the material at no charge and pay for shipping. In addition, an analysis showed that only 30 percent of customers utilized a second green waste cart and with the help and input of a citizen advisory group, it was determined that those customers should not be subsidized by those not using a second green waste cart. Also, by charging customers for the services that they are using this helps bring down the costs of everyone’s regular service and is a fair way to distribute the costs associated with the services provided.
Can the excess material be sold for fuel?
Excess material cannot be sold for fuel. Not currently. Due to changes in air quality requirements there is not a local facility willing to burn the material. The air quality standard changed in January of 2016. Previously we were able to sell approximately 5,000 tons (1/3 of excess material) as fuel and generate revenue. To find an outlet for the excess material, the City advertised and received only 1 response from a vendor willing to serve as an outlet and accept the material. The price for accepting the material is $16/ton for an annual amount not to exceed $192,000.
Why is it a $4 charge?That amount represents a combination of the actual costs associated with the collection and processing of the material in a green waste cart. This includes providing the cart, the truck, the driver, processing equipment, maintenance, etc. It should be noted that the additional revenue received stays with the residential solid waste component of the utility and allows the base rates to be maintained at a relatively low amount (compared with many other areas).
The City of Redding's Solid Waste Utility has been servicing Redding households and businesses since 1944 offering residential and commercial collection services. The City of Redding's Transfer Station and Material Recovery Facility (MRF) is located at 2255 Abernathy Lane. The facility was constructed in 1994/95 and operations started in April 1995. The facility currently processes about 500 tons of garbage each day and was designed to operate at 750 tons per day to allow for growth.
A Transfer Station is a facility where solid waste is transferred from smaller daily collection trucks to larger, more efficient transfer trucks. The purpose of a transfer station is to economize the shipment of waste for disposal.
The Solid Waste Utility also operates the West Central Landfill on Clear Creek Road, which is owned by the County of Shasta. This is where all of the City of Redding's solid waste is transported. The landfill accepts commercial and residential solid waste from everywhere in Shasta County. Use the Collection Schedule page to view our Holiday Calendar for information on changes to your collection days.
The Solid Waste Utility provides the following residential collection services:
Why were utility rates recently adjusted?
The rate increases will provide funding for resources needed to invest in the operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation of the utilities. See the City Council Presentation from September 2016 for more information.
What are the new cart sizes and rates?
Gray carts will now be available in 45, 64 and 96-gallon size. 45 gallon carts should be available in late January or early February.
Effective January 1, 2017, rates for each of the gray cart sizes will be as listed below:
- 45 – gallon $21.49
- 64 – gallon $22.46
- 96 – gallon $24.04
- Landfill Monitoring $0.22
A charge of $4.00 for a second green cart was also included in the rate changes. Solid Waste has mailed letters to customers of record who have more than one green cart to inform them of the new charge.
Basic service still includes one blue cart and one green cart.
Why charge for a second green cart?
Our FAQ list attempts to answer some of the most common questions we receive from customers regarding the charge for a second green cart.
How do I request a different cart?
To request a different size cart or to have a cart removed, please call customer service at 224-6201. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the large volume of requests, please be patient. A customer service representative will contact you as soon as possible.
Important: If you notify Solid Waste that you no longer want your second green cart before January 31st 2017, you will not be charged for the second green cart.
What is my collection schedule?
Try our new collection calendar tool to determine your collection schedule based on your city of Redding property address.