The City of San Luis Obispo is considering an increase to the monthly trash service rate.
San Luis Garbage Company provides solid waste, recycling, and green waste services in the city.
The city council is considering a proposal that would increase the monthly fee by 13.72 percent.
Officials say the funding is needed for the garbage company to provide safe, environmentally sound, and reliable services. The company says it is faced with rising costs of processing materials, operation, and fuel for vehicles.
4.7 percent of the proposed rate increase is based on increased vehicle costs. 0.82 percent of the proposed rate increase is based on the cost of operations. 1.0 percent of the proposed rate increase is based on the implementation of an Organics Program, which is mandated by the state. 7.2 percent of the proposed rate increase is related to the cost of processing recyclable materials.
For customers with one 32-gallon can, the current rate is $25.71. It would increase just under $4 to $29.24.
The new rates would take effect on June 19, 2019.
It comes as the city council is also considering a 5.5 percent rate increase for water and sewer services.
A meeting will be held at City Hall on June 18 at 6 p.m. where members of the public can weigh in on the proposed increases.
For more information about trash services, click here.