Under the 1932 Refuse Collection and Disposal Initiative Ordinance, the City and County of San Francisco approves and sets residential refuse (garbage) rates. The Director of the Department of Public Works is charged with reviewing applications for adjustments in residential refuse rates, holding public hearings, and issuing a report and recommended order on whether rates are just and reasonable.
The Director has scheduled six (6) public hearings in April and May on the 2013 rate application filed by Recology. The Director has also issued new rules of procedure governing the 2013 rate application process. Staff issued its report on the application May 10, 2013. Hearings will be held on the Staff Report on May 20 and 22, 2013.
Your Right to Protest the 2013 Rate Application (Proposition 218 Information)
Any customer may submit a written protest against the 2013 Rate Application to the Hearing Officer by sending it to:
Refuse Collection Rate Hearing Officer
c/o Department of Public Works
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall, Room 348
San Francisco, CA 94102
Customers may also submit written protests at any of the public hearings on the 2013 Rate Application.
The Hearing Officer will hold a hearing on the written protests on Friday, June 14, 2013, at 1:00 p.m., in Room 400 at City Hall, located at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. Protests must be received by the end of the public hearing to be counted. The Hearing Officer will not accept or count protests received after the close of the hearing, even if postmarked prior to that time.
Proposition 218 Public Hearing Notice
Each protest must identify the subject premises (by street address or refuse collection account number) and include the signature of the customer submitting the protest. The Director of Public Works has issued guidelines for the submission and tabulation of protests to the 2013 Rate Application.
Guidelines for the Submission and Tabulation of Protests – DPW Order # 181,253
2013 Final Rate Application
On March 14, 2013, Recology submitted a refuse rate application. The contents of the application are below:
2013 Draft Rate Application
On December 11, 2012, Recology submitted a draft application for an increase in residential rates. Follow the links below to view various components of the draft rate application.
The Department of Public Works held a technical workshop on the final application on March 21, 2013. Recology presented information on the final application. A workshop on the draft application was held in January 2013.
2013 Ratepayer Advocate
The San Francisco Office of Contract Administration has selected a “San Francisco Refuse Ratepayer Advocate” to facilitate public participation in the 2013 rate adjustment proceedings. The Ratepayer Advocate is an independent party committed to providing the public with clear information on the proposed new rates and representing the views of ratepayers during public proceedings. To learn more about the Ratepayer Advocate, including how to contact them, click here to visit their web page.
Refuse (Garbage) Rates effective July 1, 2010
For Billing Disputes or Liens related to garbage service contact:
Check out more detailed information about the history of the garbage rates in San Francisco at the Archived Garbage Rate Information page.