Why are new solid waste service rates needed?

The City of Sonoma contracts with Sonoma Garbage Collectors (SGC) for solid waste (garbage, recycling, organics and other) services provided to residents, businesses, and the City. The City and SGC have negotiated changes to the contract which are necessary for several reasons. New programs and services are needed for the City to comply with the mandatory requirements of Senate Bill 1383 which will reduce greenhouse emissions related to organic waste disposal. Equipment upgrades including new trucks and other infrastructure are also needed. New solid waste service rates will also provide living wages for SGC’s employees, funding for new dedicated solid waste sustainability programs.

SGC’s current solid waste service rates are among the lowest in Sonoma County. Proposed new solid waste service rates will remain below the Countywide average for low waste generating residents and businesses.

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