Thousands in fees taken from unsuspecting citizens, yes YOU!
Original post made by Opt out of Garbage fee ripoff on Jan 30, 2014
"Government" agencies out of control?
We just got an unwanted mailer with a cutsy spinner wheel from a group calling itself "Stopwaste."
The spinner shows how they rate various cities and different types of business in use of their garbage cans. Note the information is better shown on their website, also created at your expense.
You Must Pay:
On their website at;
"Do I have to pay this fee?
You must pay the fee the first year. If you don't want to pay the Benchmark Service fee in future years, you have until March 31, 2014, to "opt out." If you do that, you will not have to pay the fee beginning July 1, 2014. You can opt out by completing this online form."
You are paying from $1.81 to $21.72 added to your bill, depending on how much garbage you use.
And that is just the "initial fee".
Q. Editor: Can you please see if you can find out how this happened, and what we can do about it, besides each person paying, then opting out? Thanks
on Jan 30, 2014 at 1:24 pm
The site also says:
"What happens if I don't pay the fee?
Payment of the fee for the first year is REQUIRED.
If not paid, the fee would be subject to the normal delinquency process of your waste hauler."
The on line form asks for your e-mail address, but you do NOT have to give that to them.
Just makes it easier for them to send you more unwanted communication!
To opt out for next year, you will need info about your garbage acct, number which is on the spinner near the address, or on your bill.
Garbage In, Garbage Out:
The spinner says it is "recyclable", so I guess it doesn't go into the garbage?
on Jan 30, 2014 at 8:38 pm
Thanks for the heads up...I never received any notice of this 'program'. I just opted out, using their website. What a scam...
on Jan 31, 2014 at 5:29 pm
They use the fee to create a hardstock cardboard mailer sent to every garbage collection account. What percentage of these reports will go into the garbage instead of the recyclable container? The irony is laughable. I've opted out.