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RESIDENTIAL REFUSE & RECYCLING RATES INCREASE 4.3% BEGINNING JANUARY 1st; FIRST INCREASE SINCE 2014


DUARTE, CA, December 19, 2016 – Duarte residents can expect to begin paying $0.91 cents more per month on their refuse and recycling bill effective January 1, 2017. This 4.3% increase is the first increase to residential refuse service rates since January 1, 2014. Over the three-year period, the factors that make up the rate have increased. Under the City’s contract with Burrtec, annual rate adjustments for refuse collection and recycling are permitted based upon a specific formula including the annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index, waste disposal tipping fees and fuel costs. Specifically, the most common form of service utilized by residential customers is the 90-gallon trash container, 60 gallon recyclable container, and 60 gallon green waste container. This rate will increase from $21.16 to $22.07 a month. Burrtec also requested a slight $0.2 cents increase for residential street sweeping raising the fee from $1.49 to $1.51 per month.


Given that Commercial Rates were just increased July 1st of this year, Commercial customers will not experience additional rate increases at this time. In fact, several areas of Commercial Service will decrease in cost, specifically Green Waste will be reduced by an average of -0.9% and the newly introduced Equalized Organics Food Waste program will not experience an increase either. The only category that will experience an increase is Commercial Recycling Bin Service. The percentage increase over the various service levels ranges from 1.6% to 3.7% with the most common level of Recycling Service, one 3-yard bin serviced twice per week, will increase by 3.1%. The Commercial Street Sweeping program will probably increase sometime in 2017 after the final Citywide Street Sweeping program is finalized in early 2017.


            Duarte has historically maintained some of the lowest rates in Los Angeles County. In fact, Duarte residents still have the lowest refuse and recycling service rate of all the cities surveyed.


            Burrtec Waste Services began providing franchised refuse collection and recycling services in the City of Duarte in 1996, with the most recent contract extension approved in 2015. In recent years, Burrtec completed the conversion of the diesel fleet to alternative fuel trucks, implemented a used oil curbside collection program and integrated free paper shredding and compost giveaway at Community Cleanups, a construction and demolition processing option, and most recently a new commercial food recycling program.

 

About the City of Duarte

The City of Duarte was incorporated on August 22, 1957. With integrity and transparency, the City provides exemplary public services in a caring and fiscally responsible manner with a commitment to our community’s future. For more information visit www.accessduarte.com or call (626) 357-7931. Follow the City of Duarte on Facebook at facebook.com/duartecommunity; Twitter @CityofDuarte; Instagram @city_of_duarte and LinkedIn.

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