I got a letter from the City of Eureka a few weeks ago. It was in regards the mandatory garbage and recycling program that will become effective January 1. I'd expected it and, upon reading it, got the impression reinforced that you could opt out if you could show you properly took care of your own garbage. I guess I was wrong.
Apparently, the exclusion only applies to people who self- haul their garbage to the transfer station and can demonstrate they take care of their own recycling. Since I already subscribe to City Garbage pick- up, I guess that means I have to subscribe to their damned curbside recycling too.
I can't thank our shitbird city council members enough for this brainstorm of an idea. At least they left the curbside green waste pick up as voluntary.
If anybody's interested, below is the reply I received from my inquiry to City Hall:
Hello Mr. MangelsSince you already subscribe to City Garbage services, your current bill will not change. The curbside green waste program is voluntary. You won't be charged for the green waste collection
unless you call and set up the service. In July 2009, you will receive a recycling bin from City Garbage, and your rates will change ($3 increase per month). Unfortunately, the mandatory garbage and recycling collection ordinance does not include an exemption for the mandatory recycling component. The recycler's exemption mentioned in the letter you received is to opt out of City Garbage services completely based on the fact that a property owner recycles and composts virtually all of their solid waste so that they have little to no solid waste for disposal. After July '09, you can still take your valuable recyclables in for redemption and use the bin for non-redeemable recyclables (junk mail, cardboard, tin cans, paper, newspaper, non-redeemable plastic containers, etc.). You could then look into a smaller bin at a lower rate because a good portion of your waste could be diverted to the recycling bin. A 20 gallon garbage bin is currently approximately $16/month. City Garbage also has a senior rate at approximately $8/month. If you have questions about the rates contact City Garbage, 442-5711. If you have any other questions about exemptions or the ordinance, please call me.