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December 9, 2009 > Fremont waste collection charge to increase

Fremont waste collection charge to increase

By Meenu Gupta

Fremont's biennial waste collection charge will increase starting January 2010. The new rates will be in effect through December 31, 2011. Residential rates will increase approximately 6.9% for typical single family. For a 20 gallon garbage cart size the new rate will be $25.18, for 32 gallon it will be $25.71, for 64 gallon it will be $28.16 and $41.44 for 96 gallon size.

Multi Family Rates vary by service level. A typical Multi-family complex receiving service for a three yard bin, collected two times per week will see a 7.9% increase. The cost for this multi-family service is currently at $309.02 per month, and will increase to $333.34.

There will be a 50% discount for Seniors ages 70-79 years old and the service is free for Seniors aged 80 years. Apply for the age discount if you are eligible. To reduce your bill you may opt for the smaller 32 gallons blue can which is the least expensive. The Boyce Road household hazardous waste drop-off is free and open every Tuesday-Saturday except Thanksgiving and Christmas. In addition, every household is entitled to two free pickups of large items from their house every year.

Explaining the price hike Solid Waste Manager, Environmental Services Division for the City of Fremont Ken Pianin said, "The City's contracts for solid waste collection, processing and landfill services allow for periodic rate adjustments to account for cost increases due to inflation. The Consumer Price Index published by the U.S. Department of Labor is used as a basis for inflationary adjustments." "Additionally, regulatory fees that impact landfills and transfer stations have also increased and are reflected in the new rates."

Fremont customers that fully participate in the City's recycling program will find that they are producing less garbage, and may be able to change to a smaller garbage container and reduce their monthly bill. "Fremont residents and business continue to receive some of the lowest garbage service rates in Alameda County, with Fremont monthly rates well below the County average," said Pianin.

For more information visit www. Stopwaste.org or call (510) 657-3500.

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