City Refuse and Recycling Rates 

Overview

The City has a franchise agreement (Agreement) with Republic Services (Republic) to provide refuse, recycling, and green waste collection for all City residents and commercial/multifamily customers, which is effective July 20, 2010, and expires on November 19, 2037. Residential accounts are billed and collected by the City via an annual property tax assessment. Commercial business accounts and any additional services are serviced and billed directly by Republic on a monthly basis. The amount Republic charges to provide these services in the City is pursuant to the terms of the Agreement. The Agreement with Republic allows for adjustments based on costs associated with the collection, handling, and disposal of solid waste. The agreement allows for annual increases based on the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim area Consumer Price Index (CPI) and solid waste disposal fees under the Waste Disposal Agreement with the County of Orange. The annual increases are effective July 1 of each calendar year.

Rate Adjustment Process for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-21

The City Council held a Public Hearing on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, and continued this public hearing to July 7, 2020.  On Friday, May 1st, a notice was mailed to all single-family residential customers in Placentia accordingly with Proposition 218 and Article XIIID of the California Constitution. A copy of the notification can be found here. The Proposition 218 process ensures that the public is notified of certain types of rate increases and provides an opportunity to protest rate changes.  Although the City Council will consider all comments, State law provides that only written protests from property owners may be counted to determine whether a majority protest to the proposed increase exists. The method to protest was outlined in the mailed notice. In response to this notice, only five valid protests were submitted.  On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, the City Council approved the solid waste rates for FY 2020-21. 

Background Documents

Adopted Rates for FY 2020-21

For FY 2020-21, the current rates for solid waste services were increased from FY 2019-20 pursuant to the terms of the Agreement to reflect the following adjustments: (1) the Consumer Price Index, (2) landfill tipping fees and (3) extraordinary or unexpected costs. The change in CPI from January 2019 to January 2020 was 3.1% and the increase of the disposal fees charged by the county increased by 1.76%. In addition, the proposed rate adjustment to residential rates includes an increase for the composting of residential green waste to remain in compliance with state law. 

The State of California has established a variety of mandates (Assembly Bills 939, 341, 1826, among others) requiring all jurisdictions (i.e., responsible cities, counties, and regional agencies) in the State to comply with measures to manage and control solid waste generation. Included in these mandates are requirements to divert a minimum of 50% of waste from landfills and to implement recycling programming. One of the newest State mandates, Assembly Bill 1594 (AB 1594), went into effect on January 1, 2020. AB 1594 eliminates diversion credit for green waste that was previously sent to County landfills as alternative daily cover (cover material place on the surface of the landfill) and reclassifies it as waste disposal for purposes of measuring a jurisdiction’s compliance with State mandates. In addition, the County can no longer accept green waste at no charge. The current and future mandates are not funded by the State, so they must be funded through solid waste rates.

As part of the solution to for compliance under the new restrictions of AB 1594, residential green waste is now being composted by at a third-party compost facility, which has increased the costs for processing residential green waste. The proposed residential rate increase includes a fee of $1.09/month per household for the cost to compost green waste from January 1, 2020, to June 30, 2020; and a fee of $2.18 per household to continue composting green waste from July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021.

The following tables show the current proposed FY 2020-21 solid waste collection service rates for the common levels of service for residential and commercial/multifamily customers. These rates are effective as of July 1, 2020, and valid through June 30, 2021.  To view the complete rate schedule for FY 2020-21, please click here. 

Single-Family Residential Rate for Standard 3-Cart Service 

Monthly Rate Effective 
July 1, 2020
Proposed Annual AssessmentFY 19-20
Monthly Rate
FY 19-20 Annual AssessmentRate Change per Month/Year
$29.63$355.36$25.54$306.48$4.09/$49.08
Calculation for AdoptedRate
Rate Component
Amount 
Base Service Fee$22.26
Green Waste Composting Fee
 (July 2020 - June 2021)
$2.18
CPI Adjustment of 3.1%
(January 2020 over January 2019)
$0.75
Green Waste Composting Fee
(January 2020 - June 2020)
$1.09
Current Landfill Disposal Fee$3.28
Landfill Disposal Fee Adjustment of 1.76%$0.06
Current Rate$29.63


Commercial/Multifamily Waste Rates  (1 pickup/week)

Waste RateMonthly Rate Effective  
July 1, 2020  
FY 19-20
Monthly Rate 
Rate Change per Month 
3-Yard Trash Container$182.51$177.18$5..33
3-Yard Recycle Container $156.02$151.18$4.66
Calculation for Adopted Rate
Rate Component3-Yard Trash Container3-Yard Recycle
Base Service Fee$151.18$151.18
CPI Adjustment of 3.1% 
(January 2020 over January 2019)
$4.65$4.65
Current Landfill Disposal Fee$26.00N/A
Landfill Disposal Fee Adjustment of 1.76%$0.46N/A
Organics Recycling Component Adjustment of 0.12%$0.22$0.22
Current Rate$182.51$156.02


Who do I contact for questions or additional information?

The City is committed to fully explaining the proposed rate increases and complexities of the trash disposal, recycling, and related State mandated regulations to the public. The solid waste service program is managed by the Public Works Department. A staff member on the City’s team is available to answer your questions via email or a phone call. Please contact Elsa Robinson, Management Analyst at erobinson@placentia.org or (714) 993-8189.