Peninsula residents can expect higher garbage rates

January 6, 2011 6:42:10 AM PST
Peninsula residents in ten cities and parts of unincorporated San Mateo County should brace themselves for higher garbage rates this year.

San Francisco based Recology will be the region's first new trash collector in nearly three decades.

The San Francisco Examiner reports that quarterly rates for some customers are projected to increase anywhere from nearly 9 percent in Menlo Park to more than 38 percent in Atherton.

The biggest change and major reason for the higher costs is a new schedule to pick up recycling and compost bins every week along with the regular garbage. Recycling and compost had been picked up every other week under previous the collector, Allied Waste.