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Notice of Proposed Increase in Solid Waste 2023 Published 2022-10-20

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the District Board of the West Bay Sanitary District will conduct a Public Hearing on Wednesday evening, December 14, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Conference Room located at 500 Laurel Street, Menlo Park or attend by Zoom or telephone to encourage social distancing. Please refer to: Meeting ID: 824 9911 5233 Passcode: 604893

The purpose of the Public Hearing will be to consider a proposed increase in some of the customer rates for year 2023 effective January 1, 2023 for the collection of waste and recyclable materials in the West Bay Sanitary District for 2023.

The need for this increase was discussed by the District Board at the September 28, 2022 Board meeting. The staff report for this matter is available at the District Office located at 500 Laurel Street, Menlo Park or online at


Approximately fifty-six percent (56%) of residential service containers are a 32 gallon size. The new rate for 2023 for a 32 gallon container would increase from $55.25 per month to $56.00 per month, a $.75 per month increase. The new rate for the 20 gallon container would increase from $48.75 per month to $50.00 per month, a $1.25 per month increase. 20 gallon containers will be grandfathered to current users but are no longer available to new customers or to customers wishing to migrate down to a 20 gallon container. As further detailed in the Rate Study, the purpose of these increases is to align the Solid Waste Rates with the actual proportionate cost of providing the service to customers in each Customer Service Level.

The District’s proposed rates are designed to transition the “per can” rate to an actual “cost of service” rate. For comparison purposes, the maximum typical residential rates for 32 gallon containers for SBWMA Cities including Burlingame, Belmont, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Carlos, and San Mateo, range from a low of $26.21 (Foster City) to a high of $59.40 (Hillsborough), based upon 2022 rates.

The following table shows the current rates and the proposed monthly rates for West Bay Sanitary District Franchised Customers to be effective beginning January 1, 2023.

Proposed Maximum Solid Waste Rates for 2023

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*Commercial bin rates reflect collection charge for one pick up per week; to calculate charge for more than one collection per week, multiply rate by number of collections per week. For example, 1-Cubic Yard Bin (at proposed rate) collected 3 times per week = $528.81 ($176.27 x 3 collections/wk)

At this hearing, the Board of Directors will consider public comment as well as written protests by ratepayers regarding the proposed increase in monthly collection rates. If you would like additional information on the proposed rates, please call the District at 650-321- 0384.

Any person interested, including all solid waste/recycling collection customers of the West Bay Sanitary District, may appear at the public hearing and be heard on any matter related to the proposed increase in monthly rates or attend by Zoom or telephone to encourage social distancing. Again, please refer to: Meeting ID: 824 9911 5233 Passcode: 604893

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