From: John Lisenko [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, November 24, 2003 12:14 PM
Subject: [Tcpw] FW: Cost of garbage vs. recycling for league of cities
Question: What is the cost of the collection and processing of recycling
The City of Foster City is a member of a JPA that jointly owns it's own
processing facilities for recyclable materials and the transfer of solid
waste. Each member agency of the JPA has a contract with the franchised
waste hauler for the operation of this facility and the collection of
disposed materials within each of the Cities.
Our rate structure is set up so that the costs of all operations (for both
recycling and garbage collection) are spread across the garbage
bill. There are no additional fees charged for recycling. As we continue
to add recycling programs to comply with the mandates of AB939, the
operational costs to run these programs are increasing, and so are the
As we face having to increase the garbage rates to compensate for new
recycling programs and the migration of current garbage accounts to
recycling accounts, the question that continues to come up is how close
are we to getting recycling to pay for itself? and what is the true cost
from point of collection to end use for recycling vs. that of garbage?
For recyclables, we are talking about the cost of pick-up, sort and
process, as well as all returns from recyclable markets. For garbage, the
cost of pick-up and transfer to landfill.
Has anyone ever figured it out? (a cost per ton for each?) Or at least
which is more costly and by what %?
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