DUARTE, CA, December 13, 2018 – Duarte residents can expect to begin paying more per month on their refuse and recycling bill effective January 1, 2019. This 6.4% increase is the first increase to residential refuse service rates since January 1, 2018. Over the last year, the factors that make up the rate have changed; especially the recycling credit due to the China Sword policy that has now been in effect for approximately 12 months.
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 $22.45 to $23.89 a month. Burrtec also requested a slight $0.07 cents increase for residential street sweeping raising the fee from $1.77 to $1.84 per month.
Commercial customers will also experience rate increases. The percentage increase over the various service levels will range from 9.7% down to 6.4% with the most common level of Refuse Service, one 3-yard bin serviced once per week increasing by $12.62 per month or from $170.16 to $182.78. The Commercial Street Sweeping program will also see a slight increase in 2019 by 13 cents going from $3.41 to $3.54 per month.
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 rates of all the cities surveyed for the most common service with Commercial rates for a 3-yard bin serviced once a week falling in the mid-range.
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 2018. 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. For more information on Burrtec Waste Services and the cost increases, call 1 (800) 325-9417.