December brings shopping madness, holiday cheer, snow (at least where I grew up in New York), and, in San Carlos, new trash rates. I suppose that’s a little karmic, since the holiday season generates a lot of trash and recycling, at least in our home.
This year the Council is looking at increasing rates by up to 12% overall. Rates for individual service categories and/or can sizes could go up more or less than that amount, but our total costs are expected to be about 12% higher in 2013 then they were in 2012, and have to be covered somehow.
In this post I’ll try to explain what’s causing this increase. Fair warning: this is a complex topic, so I’ve summarized or glossed over some details. And I’m still actively researching it, so things are subject to change (but hopefully not too much).
So, why are costs going up so much?