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Pleasanton garbage rates now higher for 2016

More customers using smaller 35-gallon service, which has reduced company's revenue

The City Council has approved an across-the-board garbage rate "adjustment" of 3.87% starting Jan. 1 to meet rising costs being incurred by Pleasanton Garbage Services (PGS), the company that has an exclusive refuse collection and recycling franchise

Crowe Horwath LLP, the city's consultant and financial watchdog over PGS charges, found that the Labor Composite Index increased by 3.19% based on the combination of union wage rates, pension plan costs and health and welfare costs.

It also determined that based on estimates of usage and costs, landfill disposal costs will increase by 12.8% by year's end.

All other costs for PGS, based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) are expected to show an increase of 2.29% in the Bay Area, including Pleasanton.

As an outcome of these reviews, Pleasanton council members, city staff and representatives of Pleasanton Garbage and Crowe Horwath agreed to a 9.77% increase for residents with 96-gallon can service, but with no increase for those using 35-gallon cans. Crowe found that customers with 35-gallon service are already paying 11% above the average for other Alameda County cities, so recommended the larger increase with those using larger cans.

Still the increase will be modest, rising from $41.43 a month to $43.03, and from $35.22 to $36.58 for seniors. Dublin residents pay $58.98 a month for 96-gallon service; Livermore pays $90.41, and those in Berkeley pay $114.03, the highest rate in the county.

The rates quoted are monthly. Pleasanton Garbage bills on a quarterly cycle.

PGS was awarded an exclusive franchise to serve Pleasanton in 1989 with a contract that runs through June 2019. The City Council has the authority to set service rates based on an analysis, which Crowe Horwath provides, that any proposed increase is accurate, consistent with the terms of the franchise and appropriate for the services provided.

PGS reported that the use of the smaller 35-gallon service has increased significantly with about half of all its customers now subscribed to that size and service. With the monthly rate of $33.80 for 35-gallon service, PGS sees a migration to the smaller cans as its customers increase their recycling efforts and reduce household waste.

This migration has reduced revenue for PGS, which was another factor in Crowe Horwath's recommendation for an overall rate increase for 2016.

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Posted by Rob
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jan 1, 2016 at 10:23 am

Got to love hidden inflation


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Posted by Pleasantonian
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 1, 2016 at 1:33 pm

Is this for 1 year? So we save and recycle, PGS loses revenue, and we still have to pay (per the article's report on the consultants factor) to make PGS rich and fatter? Gotta to love reasoning. Who's benefitting?


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 1, 2016 at 4:05 pm

Buzerkeley's trash is toxic! That's why they pay more!! LOL


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Posted by Robert
a resident of Danbury Park
on Jan 1, 2016 at 5:12 pm

I am new to the city and wondered at what age senior citizen discounts kick in for garbage,water, etc and how to apply?

Thank you.


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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 1, 2016 at 7:41 pm

So we still throw away the same amount of trash, big can, small can, what's the difference we recycle now for PGS they resell what we sorted out for them?? I've seen their operation first hand, nice operation, we do the recycling they cash in on reselling then stick it to us with higher rates, it's great to have a monopoly! @robert -senior rates for PGS start at age 62 and I believe age 65 for sewer and water.


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a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood

on Jan 1, 2016 at 7:59 pm

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Posted by Billie
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jan 2, 2016 at 9:31 am

@ Robert
For info on senior discounts:
Water: 925 931 5425
Garbage: 925 846 2042


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Posted by Robert
a resident of Danbury Park
on Jan 2, 2016 at 10:34 am

Thanks to all for the above info!


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Posted by Donna
a resident of Dublin
on Jan 2, 2016 at 10:50 am

You guys are nuts to live in Pleasanton.


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Posted by Billie
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jan 2, 2016 at 11:19 am

From the article:
"Still the increase will be modest, rising from $41.43 a month to $43.03, and from $35.22 to $36.58 for seniors. Dublin residents pay $58.98 a month for 96-gallon service; Livermore pays $90.41, and those in Berkeley pay $114.03, the highest rate in the county."

I'm not saying I like the rate increase anymore than anyone else, however, considering Pleasanton will be $15.95 a month ($47.85 a quarter) less than Dublin and $47.38 a month ($142.14 a quarter) less than Livermore. So, unless I'm missing something (or screwed up on my math lol) we seem to be getting the best bargain for garbage service in the Tri-Valley.


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Posted by Timothy T
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 2, 2016 at 12:26 pm

So, people are recycling more which means PGS is *making more money* because they sell recycling materials. Yet, they still want to come and raise the rates. Crowe Horwath LLP is a schill.


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Posted by D
a resident of Foothill High School
on Jan 2, 2016 at 1:57 pm

D is a registered user.

I'm confused...the article says large cans are going up 9.77%, but when you do the math (41.43 to 43.03) it's only a 3.86% increase. Which one is it?


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