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Garbage Dumping Doubles for Pleasanton Contractors!

Original post made by liz venema, Vintage Hills, on Jun 15, 2009

I have read recently about the new garbage rules regarding the new recycling bin and the rate increase but i would also like to alert you to the fact that at the same time the Pleasanton garbage increased the homeowners rates they DOUBLED contractors fees! DOUBLED for examble if it was $70.00 to dumb a Pleasanton customers demolition for a remodel project it is now $140.00! How can this be? I contacted the garbage company directly thinking it was a mistake during our economy's downturn and was informed that "no it was not a mistake and there was no way around it." I inquired that if the contractor was based in Pleasanton and was working in Pleasanton couldnt there be some kind of lower fee? I was told "no, creative thought, but no." I was told by Sandy the employee that answererd the phone, that she had spoke to Bob, the owner and "the price stays." Construction has been one of the hardest hit industries and the Pleasanton garbage company and it's owner does not care, this is extortion in Pleasanton. I also object to them slipping in this double higher price while everyone is focased on their residential price increase. For anyone remodeling we will also take a hit but so will the homeowner. Unbelievable!!!

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2009 at 3:30 pm

I called this company about the fact that garbage collection takes place before dawn in this town. I have lived in many suburbs and have never had garbage trucks on the street before the sun comes up. They claimed this was so they don't run over children on their way to school, and that I must live near a school.
I pointed out that I don't live near a school, and that I see garbage trucks in the neighborhood directly across the street from Amador High School (the Santa Rita Road entrance) at 8:00am. Exactly when Alisal students and high school students are leaving for school. There was silence on their end of the phone after I told them this.
So the "we have to pick up garbage before dawn to prevent flattening students" is a lie. Obviously it works for them, but why Pleasanton tolerates the intrusive noise of garbage trucks when it's still dark and most people are trying to sleep is not something I understand.
I asked Mayor Hosterman, and she said,"Well they have to start somewhere." That's true, but in 5 other suburbs I've lived in, they managed to 'start somewhere' after 7 am.

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Posted by mob928
a resident of Country Fair
on Jun 15, 2009 at 8:49 pm

I'm all for recycling and going green, but to add another hugh garbage can to the mix is really not the solution. Most other cities have small recycleable bins not 96 gallon cans. Why not offer a small recycleable can? As a single person, I don't have that much recycleable trash so I would rather have a smaller can - but that is not an option, only the regular trash bin.

About 10 years ago, the city of Pleasanton gave everyone a food waste can for food scraps. Yesterday I was at a party and this subject came up, no one uses their food waste container. One person used it for gardening, another used it for dog poop - is this really a good use of money?

It will be interesting to see what happens in the fall when this recycleable progam goes into effect. Again, I am all for better living, enviornment but for the city to come up with a 3rd can is not the solution.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 15, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

I think you may have more recyclables than you think you do. That's what happened with us.

Check out the list of recyclables from the flyer they sent out: Web Link

- paper
- cardboard
- aluminum (including foil)
- steel or tin
- plastic
- glass

Now check out what goes in the green waste bin: Web Link

- meat and bones
- coffee grounds and tea bags
- food soiled paper (pizza boxes, milk cartons, paper towels, plates, napkins, waxed paper)
- yard clippings
- wood

Now I wish they'd give us larger green waste carts!

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Posted by Member
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jun 16, 2009 at 8:36 am

The idea of a rate hike is interesting to say the least. I for one have been led to believe that the workers at the dump site have been separating recyclable items from the garbage for years. Now, they don't have to do this, and the customers assume this burden.

The way I look at this is since they are doing less work, and the customers are doing the work they used to perform, then we the customers should get a rate reduction. Can anyone explain the logic of the rate increase given the change in workload at the dump site?

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Posted by Early am trucks
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 16, 2009 at 9:40 am

Is there something that can be done about the early morning pick-ups?

I'm thinking the route drivers must like to be off work shortly after lunchtime; hence the 6:00 am start times.

The sounds of the trucks gunning to trash can to trash can is bad; what's worse is the dumping of the large containers in condo and apartment complexes at 7:00 am. That loud crash is on the other side of my fence and is as accurate on Monday mornings as my clock!

I call BS on the idea of getting the routes started early to avoid school children. The high school kids are walking and riding along Harvest at 6:30 in the morning, at the same time as the garbage trucks. If their excuse was accurate, they wouldn't be picking up right next to a high school with an early bell of 7:00.

Perhaps one of the famous Gatetree residents could take up this plight of early morning garbage truck noises? They are extremely effective at changing other inconveniences in our neighborhood.

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Posted by June
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Jun 16, 2009 at 10:35 am

According to the report going to the City Council tonight regarding the construction debris diversion fee increases which all contractors will have to pay, I noted that the City receives approximately $ 265,000.00 annually from the Waste Authority plus another $68,000.00 annually from the County. This money is targeted to recycling and waste diversion program. That's a fair amount of cash every year, so what I dont understand is how is this funding being used here in Pleasanton specifically for residential recycling. Perhaps paying for the manufacturing and transportation costs of adding a third "plastic" can to every single household and all the "paper" advertisements on how to use the green can? Or maybe the Pleasanton Garbage Company should update its facility

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Posted by marie
a resident of Castlewood
on Jun 16, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Move to Castlewood, since we are county we now pay $122.00 per billing and have no green waste can. So they are making a killing!!!

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Posted by Immagic2
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 16, 2009 at 3:07 pm

I agree with the above comment. Making it mandatory to use another 90 gallon trash bin for recycling is crazy. First of all it takes up lots of storage space and many residents will just leave them in the front yard. We should be given a few size options. This also leads to the point of having too much space in our other 90 gallon can for actual waste. Do we really need 3 cans? Come on Pleasanton Garbage, think about the process.

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Posted by Roy
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 16, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Let your council members know that you're unhappy about the new charges, and this 95 gallon monstrosity that's being delivered to every household. You can opt out of the program, your garbage will continue to be sorted by humans (no layoffs planned according to PGS, but the monthly fee increase is automatic.

Here's the link to contact your Mayor and Council Members

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Posted by Oscar the Grouch
a resident of Parkside
on Jun 19, 2009 at 12:50 am

So if you have read your garbage bill you know what is happening. If not cost is going up and cans are getting smaller, with an additional recyling can. As you already may know P.Garbage currently recycles for us.
Garbage companies are monopolies. The only thing that can be done is start a new one…impossible. Force the PG to split into two competing companies, and police collusion. Buy a trailer and dump your garbage in Livermore or even at PG and see if that’s cheaper…nope. Or get someone else in here to do the job. Who's in charge of getting a competing company into town? Probably friends with the M&M families that own the dump.
So an old story for new to Pleasanton folks. (Abbreviated story). The gov. said reduce trash or be forced to not get a large sum of money. PG decided to run trash over a conveyor and pull recyclables to meet the demanded reduction. Why not have us recycle or encourage it in any way? They receive the money for the recyclables for virtually free for what they pay the conveyor workers. Win/win for them. Now they want us to separate it for them and raise cost? Recycling cans should be included with a price reduction. They have turned this old story into a Win/Win/Win again.

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Posted by Lily or something
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 21, 2009 at 11:43 am

I agree with the original comment. This city is a rip off and the dump is doing anything they can to make an extra buck. They're making us all loose money, homeowners and the construction builders. This is rediculous!

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Posted by Billie
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jun 21, 2009 at 12:42 pm

From everything I've been told, if you opt-out of the new plan/recycle cart, your garbage will not be sorted. According to a message I received from Matt Sullivan on this question:

"The problem with an "opt out" is that since PGS is converting the current "dirty" separation conveyor to sort "clean" recyclables only, they have no way of sorting garbage anymore. If someone "opts out" and throws everything in the refuse can it all goes to the landfill."

Have you recently heard something different?
and. . .
Just a reminder for anyone else wanting a 35-gallon recycle cart: I posted the following on another thread about this subject. Be sure to include both your name and address in your e-mail to Steve.

"According to Steve Bocian, Assistant City Manager, "the new curbside recycling program will include accommodations for smaller carts for residents whose property cannot accommodate the third container or for the disabled and/or seniors who cannot handle a larger cart". He will put your name and address on a list of those requesting a smaller 35-gallon recycling cart to be delivered in October when the new plan begins - but you have to ask."

Steve's e-mail:


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