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Blog: Rate Increase for Garbage Collection

Waste Management clearly doesn't care about Newark or the state of the economy. Their rate hike will just add pain to those already struggling in this economy. Bad timing.

In the mail today most Newark residents are getting a flier informing them their garbage collection rate goes up 24 percent with the next bill, due in June.

That's a rate increase of more than $5 a month... IF you use the smallest can. I have watched our housing market crash and not show any signs of recovery yet (even as cities around us are beginning to creep back up).

I have watched us go from having two schools with high levels of children living at or below the poverty line to almost all of our schools having this sad situation.

We are all living with less and waiting with breath held hoping our economy will start to pick up. Stores all over Newark have closed. Our mall has far too many vacancies. Many of our residents are struggling. Many have lost their homes.

So, let's raise the price of garbage pick up! That will help everyone?

Clearly Waste Management doesn't care about the economy or Newark. They must be thinking only of their profit. What a terrible time to raise the price of any service.

Did our City Council OK this???? We now pay a higher rate than folks living in San Ramon. Too bad we can't afford to have schools like the ones in San Ramon.

Bad timing, Waste Management. Thanks for helping to keep the economy struggling. That's a lot of $5 bills that won't be spent on groceries or clothing in Newark.

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Nick May 26, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Yep they did according to the flier, seems they said they negotiated with WM for "months." This is a one year thing, we just ended a long term deal, and this is the first of 3 option years. Letter closes out that they'll be looking at other options, what that means who knows, it's on WM paper, but it seems it's just a bunch of excuses to release City Council from blame. Raise my price, you get less labor from me, less separating, more brown can garbage from me, less recycle.
Barney Google May 29, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I throw so little in the brown can now and they want to charge more? Most of the time the garbage men race thru the street and leave a mess behind them. Anything that fly's out is ignored.
NewBomb Turk May 29, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Lets just shove it all back in the brown can and let them sort the recycleables.
Bill June 01, 2012 at 05:59 AM
I think the city made a huge mistake years ago when they awarded WM the contract for Newark. Now we are seeing the results of that decision. I don't believe the city leaders had much say in their negotiations with WM. A 24% increase is just outrageous. Shame on the city leaders for geting us into this mess with WM. They should oust them and get a new service ASAP.

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