Garbage-collection rates in Orinda soared 9.75 percent between March 2017 and March 2018.
A typical garbage bill that was $114.09 in March 2017 went to $126.22 in March 2018. Garbage bills cover a three-month period.
Between March 2007 and March 2018, garbage rates in Orinda increased 90 percent. During this interval, bills went from $66.00 to $126.22.
Recycle Smart is the company that provides solid waste services for Central Contra Costa County residents and businesses. The company serves Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Walnut Creek, Danville, and other locations.
Recycle Smart has contracted with Republic Services for the collection and disposal of garbage.
According to Ken Etherington, the executive director of Recycle Smart, the 9.75 percent price increase that began in March 2018 has two parts.
One part is a 2.01 percent increase for Republic Services, the company which handles garbage pick-up. The other part is called a Vehicle Impact Fee, which covers actual or potential road damage caused by garbage trucks. The impact fee went up by 7.74 percent in Orinda.
Together, the two increases produce a total hike of 9.75 percent.
According to Mr. Etherington, the San Francisco Bay Area experienced a three percent inflation rate in 2017.
The official name of Recycle Smart is the Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority.
Representing Orinda on Recycle Smart board of directors are two members of the Orinda City Council: Amy Worth and Inga Miller. Currently, Ms. Worth is the chairperson of Recycle Smart’s board.