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September 24, 2015
East Bay Express
In response to Oakland restauranteurs' protests against massive rate increases for composting under the city's new waste contract, city officials and the private contractor Waste Management have agreed to lower businesses' fees for disposing food waste. The City Administrator's Office will soon release a proposal to substantially lower the commercial composting rates in the contract that began in July, according to City Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington.
The new proposal, which the Oakland City Council will consider in a meeting on September 29, comes after businesses and environmental advocates were outraged to discover that not only are restaurants facing exorbitant composting rate increases, but Waste Management is actually now charging more for composting than for trash.
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