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San Ramon sets community meetings for new garbage, recycling contract

City: Rates are expected to rise by at least 25%

After 13 years, the city of San Ramon's solid solid waste and recycling contract is set to expire next year, and as it does, rates are expected to increase by 25% to 40%.

To discuss the upcoming changes to rates and potential changes to services, the city will be hosting two community outreach meetings on Monday and Wednesday in an effort to hear the community's thoughts and desires.

The City Council is currently considering bids from four companies to contract for the city’s garbage disposal needs, to begin service in October 2019. While each of the companies offers the city a variety of different services, regardless of who is chosen, garbage rates for San Ramon residents will increase under the new contract, city officials said.

City staff said that at a minimum rates will increase by $6 per month for 35-gallon cart single-family customers and $8 per month for 35-gallon town-home and condominium customers.

Rates will increase due to a number of factors, according to city officials, including increased labor costs, a “collapse” in the recyclable market overseas, and state-mandated services for business and multi-family customers. Residents can expect to see their increased rates take effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

The first community meeting will be held Monday evening 6-8 p.m. at the San Ramon Community Center, 12501 Alcosta Blvd., in the Terrace Room. The second meeting will be held Wednesday 6-8 p.m. in the Ridgeview Room of the Dougherty Station Community Center, 17011 Bollinger Canyon Road.

Residents who are unable to attend can submit comments or questions in writing to SRSolidWaste@sanramon.ca.gov.

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