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Oakland Landlords Reportedly Unhappy with City’s Garbage Rates

Oakland landlords plan to file a lawsuit against the city on the basis that the current $1.5 billion garbage collection deal has led to high trash and recycling rates that far exceed the actual cost of the service, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle.

These are not the first complaints. In January, angry residents spoke about the rates at a public hearing. There was also anger expressed last July.

All of this stems from a contract that was put in place in September 2014 under which Waste Management handles the city’s garbage while California Waste Solutions runs the city’s recycling program. That contract that was only reached after Waste Management had sued the city after initially losing out on the whole contract to California Waste Solutions.

Here’s more on the dispute:

Under the city’s 2014 trash contract — which several council members have said they did not read closely before voting to approve it — many apartment owners have seen their garbage and recycling rates increase by upward of 150 percent.

The rates are about to go up again in July by at least another 20 percent, Rowland said. Landlords are bearing the brunt of the increases, but not all of them — under the law, they can pass along some of the higher costs to tenants.

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