Why are rates going up?
Your rates are going up to meet state requirements for diverting waste from the landfill (learn more by visiting CalRecycle). California Cities and Counties are required to implement programs to reduce the amount of waste that is disposed at the landfill through offering customers recycling and organics collection programs.
The County and the Cities of Hollister and San Juan Bautista have joined together through a new contract with Recology San Benito County to provide new and improved services to meet the state requirements. Recology was awarded this new contract through a competitive procurement process in which Recology proposed the lowest overall costs.
Please also be aware that your garbage rate has remained unchanged since 2016 so that makes the new rates seem higher than they would have otherwise been if Recology’s rates were adjusted as is typical each year.