EDITORIAL: GARBAGE COLLECTION IN ORINDA COSTS TOO MUCH

EDITORIAL: GARBAGE COLLECTION IN ORINDA COSTS TOO MUCH

Outrageous fees for garbage collection continue to plague Orinda.

In a letter sent to some 2,700 Orinda homes, Republic Services, Orinda’s garbage-collection company, is announcing rate increases as high as 52 percent.

In a form letter dated February 24, 2017, Republic Services is telling some residents that ” . . . you are on a route that requires a special hard to service vehicle.”

For these residents, garbage-collection rates are slated to go from $90.00 per three months to as much as $145.80 for the same length of time.

Generally, garbage-collection rates for Orinda are set by the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority.  The Authority’s board of directors is composed of two elected members of the Board of Supervisors of Contra Costa County and two elected city-council members from each of the following cities:  Danville, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, and Walnut Creek.

No Authority director is elected directly by voters.

Representing Orinda on the Authority are Orinda City Council Members Amy Worth and Inga Miller.  Ms. Worth is the vice chairperson of the Authority.

An editorial in the October 2016 (Volume 1, Number 3) issue of The Icon stated that between February 28, 2005, and August 31, 2016, Orinda garbage-collection rates went up 85 percent.

Clearly, since 2005, garbage rates in Orinda have been out of control.  Orindans should contact their city-council members, especially Ms. Worth and Ms. Miller, and the Solid Waste Authority to voice strenuous objections over paying too much to have rubbish collected.

Ms. Worth and Ms. Miller can be contacted at Orinda City Hall, 22 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA 94563.  E-mail addresses are: <aworth@cityoforinda.org> and <imilller@cityoforinda.org>.

The Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority is at 1850 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Ste. 320, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 (www.authority@recyclesmart.org).

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