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COMMUNITY OPINION: Proposed Yard Waste Can Requirement, Whether Needed or Not

Those who recycle yard waste will want to think about paying for a green waste can they don't need.

This opinion was contributed by community member Kenneth Dunn. The opinions expressed do not necessarily represent BenitoLink or other affiliated contributors.

Local government and the garbage company are proposing that everyone be forced to pay for a yard waste can, even if we don't use it, and the cost will be significant to those on lower incomes.

Many of us recycle and mulch virtually all of our yard trimmings or on the bigger jobs, we have a landscaper do it and they take the cuttings with them. A call to your Supe or Councilperson will remind them that we are not sheep and we can make our own decision about whether we want a green can. I'm told that we'll also be blessed with the occasional dumpster to be parked in our neighborhoods for all to use.

Between the weather and the dumpster-divers, this idea looks like a real bad one, but for an even higher fee, they'll tell us they can make it work. I don't know if others need their life to be more scheduled than it already is, but my calendar is already full and my list of bills is long enough, and I don't need a green can that will cost me $130 a year more. And I don't need a dumpster that will still have restrictions on what you can put in it stinking up my neighborhood.



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Submitted by (Dana Brinkerhoff) on

I live in condo and our landscaper removes (free of charge) and small amount of yard waste we may have.  I do NOT want that huge green thing nor do I need it.



Submitted by (Michael ) on

A call to your council person is great. 

Also remember that there is a tear-off portion of the public notice mailer. Fill it out and turn it in. 


Submitted by (George A. Barton) on

Recology told me that I got the new green waste can delivered because the city is mandated by Assembly Bill 1826 to collect "organic waste".  This is only partly correct and extremely misleading.  They are mandated to collect it from businesses and multi-family residences, not from single family residences.  It seems like somebody wants to line their pockets with additional waste management fees at the expense of already burdened homeowners.

There is a scheduled discussion of this issue at the October 1st meeting of the City Counsel at 6:30 pm.

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