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Pleasanton launches new curbside garbage recycling program

Original post made on Apr 11, 2009

The City Council Tuesday gave its unanimous approval to a more extensive curbside refuse recycling program that will parallel what many cities in the country are already doing: requiring residents to sort out their recyclable materials from all other garbage instead of having the Pleasanton Garbage Service do it for them.

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Posted by Nona, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 11, 2009 at 8:53 pm

RE: the Pleasanton Garbage Service article in yesterday's Weekly: "Pleasanton launches new curbside garbage recycling program
Rates to rise, but only by $1.09 if residents keep non-recyclable waste to a minimum"

So, wait --

Currently there are people, sifting through our trash, removing the recyclables. Right, I knew this.

But now, PGS wants us, the customers to do that for them. Understandable -- lots of communities require the customer to sort out the recyclables.

But -- But -- But -- they're now going to charge us MORE for this? More money for doing the work for them?

Explanation?


Posted by recycling is good, a resident of Birdland
on Apr 11, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Check out the staff report! The cost to dump in the landfill has gone up 27%


Posted by recycler, a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Apr 11, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Nona - I believe PGS is going to create another pick-up. So, instead of two trucks coming to your house, there will be three. Also, there is the cost of the new bins.

I am afraid this may fall into the catagory of "it feels like the right thing to do" when it may be indifferent or worse. Does sending more trucks around offet any additional recycling benefit that may occur? And, will there be domestic markets for the recyclables? Or, will they go on to barges destined for Asia?

My feeling is that a small barbage can should be much less expensive than the big one and the same for a recycle bin. Waste less, pay less. Recyclables are form of waste and it takes energy and money to deal with it.


Posted by Patti, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 13, 2009 at 8:16 am

Why have another garbabe can? If rates are going to go up, then why can't the process continue as it is right now.
Now, you want more money and I get to figure out how to do this. How do I get rid of tissue and cans? Do I throw them loose in the garbage can or do I use a plastic bag? What gives?


Posted by Less with More, a resident of Mohr Park
on Apr 13, 2009 at 8:22 am

"Less with More" is the slogan for everything these days! Did you notice that ice cream is only 1.75Q not 2.0Q and you pay the same if not more... Some soda cans are going that way too! Yogurt has already gone that way!

So, PGS wants us do all their dirty work and want to charge more. Yes, the landfill fee is going up but we are using less landfill if we separate. So, where is the savings?

Sending another truck is a waste of our natural resources. Are they going to use Hybrid or electric trucks? At least they can be GREEN... not in terms of making more money (Green!)...

Higher bills, higher bills... as more people lose their jobs... I see the trend...


Posted by G Taylor, a resident of Downtown
on Apr 13, 2009 at 8:35 am

Does this mean we get a discount on our garbage bill since we're doing our own recycling ? Seems like we should.


Posted by Lucky Guy, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Apr 13, 2009 at 8:43 am

If you had an issue, why did you not show up at council to voice your displeasure or at least email the council. You have a means to do both. It appears that if you snooze...you lose. PGS provides a great service and have done much for the community in a charitable way--has for years and years.


Posted by Sue, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Apr 13, 2009 at 8:45 am

If we do their work we should receive a huge discount. Something has got to motivate people that don't want to do the dirty work!! We do the work = WE SAVE!!!


Posted by ?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 13, 2009 at 9:30 am

Sue, (and the others) I'm confused. Are you planning on going to work for PGS? I just wanted to let you know that they are only asking that you seperate YOUR OWN garbage. You know, the trash that YOU and your FAMILY creates. Can you explain to me why something has to "motivate" anyone to be responsible for their own garbage. Here are just a few motivations. The city will fine you for not obeying the LAW. You neighbors might not agree with your idea that you can handle you trash differently than every other resident in town. Don't forget the slow death of Mother Earth. AND, after repeated offenses, the city can revoke your PGS privilege, which would make things much more difficult in the long run for you.
How about we all just stop complaining and be happy that our garbage service is finally evolving and helping us be responsible citizens of this planet.


Posted by Michael, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Apr 13, 2009 at 10:55 am

I will not sort my garbage for them! Fine me if you wish.. but I won't be doing their job for them. Stupid idea...let's add more trucks to pollute the world.. three trucks now?.. dumb dumb dumb.


Posted by ?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 13, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Now you have me curious Mike. Are you saying that you are "too good" to correctly prepare your personal trash for disposal OR are you that obsessively concerned with our enviroment that you believe one more truck route will accelerate global warming to a point of disaster? I just want to know why you feel so strongly that you would take on the police and the city of Pleasanton, and risk the punishment?


Posted by Jill, a resident of Birdland
on Apr 13, 2009 at 5:34 pm

More trucks, more pollution ya, but they figure its a trade-off to be green and trendy for Big Al. But the real question is...are the people in RubyEagleRanch gonna give their maid's a raise to do all this seperating. You know its gonna take more time to do that and they might have to pay some OT. It doesn't matter for us down in the bottoms because our time isn't important.


Posted by Nell, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 13, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Wow. I thought I might gain some knowledge re the process of recycling as it might compare to every other town I lived in before Pleasanton. What I got was a great view of the Pleasanton mindset.


Posted by Optimistic, a resident of Parkside
on Apr 14, 2009 at 3:07 am

We came to Pleasanton 10 years ago from a community that had a curbside recycling program and it was really easy to use. There is a sense of pride in showing your kids how to be responsible for minimizing our impact on landfills.
Give it a chance - you may be surprised to find that you can't imagine why we didn't adopt this sooner.


Posted by Where do I put it?, a resident of Val Vista
on Apr 16, 2009 at 9:17 am

I am all for reducing our waste. I have been trying to get others in my home to help. I am a little confused though. It was stated in this article that pizza bozes were to go directly to the landfill. I thought that they could go into the green waste as a soiled food container. I know my worms love the box when they get it.


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