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Notice of Proposed Increase in Solid Waste Collection Rates

Published 2017-10-13 15:26:47


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the District Board of the West Bay Sanitary District will conduct a Public Hearing on Wednesday evening, December 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Conference Room located at 500 Laurel Street, Menlo Park.


The purpose of the Public Hearing will be to consider a proposed increase in some of the existing residential customer rates for year 2018 effective January 1, 2018 for the collection of waste recyclable materials in the West Bay Sanitary District for 2018.


The need for this increase was discussed by the District Board at the October 11, 2017 Board meeting.  The staff report for this matter is available at the District Office located at 500 Laurel Street, Menlo Park or Waste Management section of the District website.




Approximately fifty-five percent (55%) of residential service containers are a 32 gallon size. The new rate for 2018 for a 32 gallon container would increase from $40.23 per month to $44.00 per month, a $3.77 per month increase. The new rate for the 20 gallon container would increase from $27.96 per month to $35.00 per month, a $7.04 per month increase. 20 gallon containers will be grandfathered to current users but will no longer be available to new customers or to customers wishing to migrate down to a 20 gallon container.


The District’s proposed rates would remain amongst the mid-range of all the agencies. For comparison purposes, the typical residential rates for 32 gallon containers for SBWMA Cities including Atherton, Burlingame, Belmont, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Carlos, and San Mateo, range from a low of $21.09 (San Mateo) to a high of $55.00 (Atherton), based upon 2017 rates.


The following table shows the current rates and the proposed monthly rates for West Bay Sanitary District Franchised Customers to be effective beginning January 1, 2018.

*Commercial bin rates reflect collection charge for one pick up per week; To calculate charge for more than one collection per week, multiply rate by number of collections per week. For example, 1-Cubic Yard Bin (at proposed rate) collected 3 times per week = $616.80 ($205.60 x 3 collections/wk)



Following are rates that would be charged for unscheduled services as necessary:  




The West Bay Sanitary District is a member of the South Bayside Waste Management Authority, and contracts with Recology San Mateo County (RSMC) and South Bay Recycling (SBR) for collection services and operation of the Shoreway Center, respectively, as of January 1, 2011.  The proposed rates result from the weekly recycling, organic materials and solid waste collection services and Shoreway operations provided by RSMC and SBR, contractual compensation adjustments, and migration to smaller containers.


The collection services include the more convenient weekly collection, rather than bi-weekly collection, of single stream recycling, organic materials (yard trimmings and food scraps) and solid waste.  The Shoreway facility has also undergone substantial capital improvements to construct a new Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and an expanded Transfer Station.  These improvements facilitate single stream (mixed) recycling, enhance onsite public recycling activities, and improve traffic circulation at the Shoreway Facility. 


Currently, the 20 and 32 gallon cans are priced below the cost-of-service level. The District will be restructuring pricing, over time, so that a transition is made whereby the smaller cans will support the cost of collection and disposal.


The West Bay Sanitary District hereby gives notice of a public hearing to be held at its Board meeting on December 13, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the Districts “Ronald W. Shepherd” Administration Building located at 500 Laurel Street, Menlo Park, CA.  At this hearing, the Board of Directors will consider public comment as well as written protests by ratepayers regarding the proposed increase in monthly collection rates.  If written protests are presented by a majority of the affected ratepayers prior to the close of the public hearing, the Board of Directors will not increase the rates as a matter of State law, however levels of service may be impacted.


If you would like additional information on the proposed rates, please call the District at 650-321-0384.


If you wish to file a written protest, please send a letter in a sealed envelope addressed to: 

West Bay Sanitary District
Attn: District Manager (Solid Waste Rates)
500 Laurel Street, Menlo Park, CA 94025


Your letter must identify the real property you own or rent by street address and assessor’s parcel number (APN).  Your letter must be legibly signed by any one of the current property owners or ratepayers of record.


The District must receive your letter in a sealed envelope by 4:00 p.m. on December 13, 2017 or it must be presented at the District Board meeting on December 13, 2017 prior to the close of the public hearing on this matter.


Any person interested, including all solid waste/recycling collection customers of the West Bay Sanitary District, may appear at the public hearing and be heard on any matter related to the proposed increase in rates.

Click here for PDF version of the Public Hearing Notice.