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January 16, 2007 > New disposal services; new fees too

New disposal services; new fees too

By Steve Warga

That weekly, haul-the-trash-to-the-curb chore will soon get a little easier for Hayward residents, somewhat less complicated too. In addition, those citizens offended by noxious diesel fumes will gain some relief over the next few months as alternative fuel vehicles replace the current fleets of diesel-engined collection trucks used by Waste Management of Alameda County (WMAC) and Tri-CED Recycling.

A new contract approved January 9, includes expanded services like curbside disposal of household batteries, replacement of those clunky green bins with a single-stream, wheeled recycling container, coupons for free disposal of up to two cubic yards of self-hauled waste delivered to the Davis Street Transfer Station (first 1200 requests annually), and enhanced bulky item clean-up services. Single-stream recycling means no more separating bottles, cans and paper product waste.

That's all good news. Now, here's the bad news. Residents will be paying about 30 percent more, beginning June 1, 2007.

Hayward City Council unanimously approved a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at their weekly meeting last Tuesday. This new MOU runs for seven years with an option for another three years. The new rates may not be adjusted more than five percent annually, apart from any local, state or federal fee increases. WMAC and Tri-CED Recycling of Union City remain as contractors for waste and recyclables under the renewed MOU.

Residents served by Oro Loma Sanitary District are not affected.

Even after the bite of the rate increases, Hayward residential rates will still be very near the middle in terms of cost for garbage collection services as compared with surrounding communities. The structure of the new agreement, especially the annual cap of five percent, suggests Hayward will continue near the median for quite a few more years.

As with other municipal service fees, the city offers heavily discounted rates for qualifying, low-income residents. Applicants can receive reductions in fees for water, emergency services and any other city services.

City of Hayward Low Income Discount applications can be obtained at City Hall, 777 B Street, in the first floor Revenue Offices.

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