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Oakland, Calif., Sues Recycling Contractor for Overcharging Customers

The city claims its recycling contractor, California Waste Solutions, is overcharging customers for the service of pushing heavy recycling carts to the curb.

The city of Oakland, Calif., is suing its recycling contractor, California Waste Solutions (CWS), on allegations that it’s overcharging customers for the service of pushing heavy recycling carts to the curb.

According to the city, its contract with CWS claims that the service of moving recycling bins to the curb is supposed to cost $27.85 a month for both single- and multi-family property owners, but CWS has allegedly been charging multi-family property owners between $152.68 and $776.16 per month.

In an attempt to resolve this problem, the city has filed a lawsuit against CWS, asking the court to force CWS to stop overcharging customers and to reopen the city’s recycling contract to include a missing line for “premium backyard service” for the movement of recycling carts at the rate of $27.85 per month.

East Bay Times has more:

The city is suing its residential recycling contractor on allegations that it’s ripping off the owners of multi-family dwellings by overcharging for the service of pushing heavy recycling carts to the curb.

The city says California Waste Solutions is charging multi-family property owners $152.68 a month — and in some cases up to $776.16 — for CWS workers to move recycling carts to the curb for collection. The city claims that under its negotiated contract with CWS, that service is supposed to cost $27.85 a month for both single- and multi-family property owners.

California Waste Solutions founder David Duong did not return a request for comment Monday. CWS is a small, local company that has contracts with the cities of Oakland and San Jose.

Read the full story here.

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