Fountain Valley is holding a public protest hearing Tuesday March 17 at 6 p.m. at the City Council Chambers to discuss a proposed increase in trash collection rates. In an effort to save Fountain Valley’s diversion credit the city needs to make sure green waste does not end up in a landfill. The proposed increase will be about $1.00 per house.
California cities are required to divert at least 50% of their trash from landfills every year. Fountain Valley receives a diversion credit for using green waste as Alternative Daily Cover. This green waste will no longer be considered Alternative Daily Cover.
The New Law
As of January 1 2020 AB 1594 went into effect stating that the use of green waste as Alternative Daily Cover will no longer be considered as diversion. Green waste will be classified as regular trash.
AB 1594 ends a loophole that allows yard trimmings and prunings to be used as landfill cover and count as being “diverted” from landfills.
According to Californians Against Waste “The initial rationale for providing diversion credit for green waste used as landfill cover was to create an incentive for collection at a time when end use markets for green waste composting remained uncertain. However today, the infrastructure has fully matured, and far from providing any benefit to the green waste composting infrastructure, the continued provision of diversion credit for the use of green waste as landfill cover threatens the very existence of the composting industry in California.”
Increase in Trash Collection Rates
A letter from the City of Fountain Valley was sent out to inform residents of a public protest hearing regarding the proposed increase in trash collection rates. The letter states the trash rate increase will be about $1.00 higher.
“The proposed residential trash collection rate increase by Republic Services is to comply with California Assembly Bill 1594 (AB 1594). AB 1594 was passed to reduce organic waste, including green waste, from being disposed in landfills. In an effort to comply with this mandate, green waste must be processed and diverted from landfills. Republic Services, the City’s franchised waste hauler and recycling company, proposes a green waste processing rate increase by $0.98 to pay for increased costs that will incur to comply with this law. The current residential trash collection rate is $20.82 per household per month. If approved, the new residential trash collection rate would be $21.80 per household per month. The current senior citizen discount rate is $18.40 per household per month. If approved, the new senior citizen discount rate would be $19.38 per household per month. The charge is imposed bimonthly and collected through water bills.”
Public Protest Hearing
The City of Fountain Valley will be holding a public a public protest hearing Tuesday March 17 at 6 p.m. at the City Council Chambers to discuss the proposed increase in trash collection rates. Residents are encouraged to speak about the proposal. The hearing will be held at City Council Chambers 10200 Slater Ave. Fountain Valley CA 92708.