Wednesday, April 27, 2011

County Garbage Rates Increasing

Unincorporated areas of the county will see their garbage rates go up at least in part to "... minimize illegal dumping", according to today's Times- Standard. You gotta love it: Increasing rates will ensure everyone dumps their trash where it's supposed to be.

At least they're not suggesting mandatory garbage pick- up as they did in Eureka, although I suspect that's in the works. Their thinking seems to be along the same line, though: Increasing rates will allow pick up of recyclables which, in turn, should mean less illegal dumping and garbage.

Apparently they never bothered to take a look at Eureka's failed experiment with mandatory garbage pick up- Eureka's streets, by many accounts, having more trash on them now than ever.
As an aside, you'll want to pick up a hard copy of the Times- Standard today if only to read Hank Sims' My Word piece on the Richardson Grove debate. It's not available online. Let's hope his is the last word as he summarizes the issue nicely.


At 6:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I thought it odd, too, that raising the rates will reduce illegal dumping. Definitely scratched my head over that one.

Hank has a new blog along with his new job, and his op-ed pieces are posted there. (Property of his new employer.)

At 8:30 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

I suspect they're working on trying to force garbage service on the outlying areas of the county. They seem to be using the same arguments as they did to force it on Eureka, although they didn't tout raising prices as part of that effort.

I've actually encouraged some of my customers in the county to call City Garbage and ask what it would take to make the green waste bin pick- up available to homes outside the city limits.

At least one actually called and was told by City Garbage, "We're working on it", which I'm guessing means they might provide the service if everyone subscribes to garbage pick- up.


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