California’s Senate Bill 1383 mandating all cities to recycle yard waste, food scraps and other organic waste will mean new trash collection services and rates for the City of South El Monte and its residents.
Beginning January 1, 2022, all residents will be required to separate yard trimmings, food waste and food-soiled paper products from their trash and place them in a three-container system provided by the City’s franchisee waste hauler Athens Services this December. Residents will have three options to choose from for the size of their three trash containers: 96-gallon, 64-gallon and 35-gallon. All three containers will be the same size; one will be black for regular waste, a green one for yard waste, and a blue one for recyclables. City Hall currently has all three size containers on display in the lobby for residents to view. Athens Services will be contacting residents for size selection.
Also, beginning January 1, 2022, there will be a monthly trash collection service rate for residents based on the selected trash carts size: a basic rate of $5.97/month for regular 96-gallon cart service and $5.30/month for regular 64-gallon cart service. There is a senior, low volume discount of $4.72/month for three 35-gallon cart service. Other optional and add-on residential services are available and priced as shown in chart below. The rates are necessary to address the state mandates and increase cost in providing solid waste and recycling services. The rates were approved at the City Council Meeting of September 14, 2021. Prior to the meeting, the City issued a written notice to all property owners in the City, notifying them of the rate proposal and the right to “protest” at this duly noticed public hearing.
In recent years, state laws and regulations pertaining to the collection of solid waste, recyclables, yard waste, and other compostables have been amended and become more stringent. The City’s implemented measures were required to meet the requirements of SB 1383; cities that fail to comply with the state law, face fines as high as $10,000 a day per violation.
Additional information will be available for residents in the upcoming weeks regarding the City’s transition to automated services to comply with SB 1383. Please continue to visit our City website for updates.