Trash talk: Solid waste and recycling costs on the rise in California
The cost of solid waste disposal and recycling is going up. Cities anticipate rates will increase in the next three years due
to new organic waste regulations and the overall cost of recycling. The deadline for local governments to implement
new regulatory requirements is quickly approaching. Failure to comply could result in hefty daily penalties.
Cities budgets are still reeling from the economic effects of fighting COVID-19 and the extended pandemic. Without a source of statewide funding and additional time and flexibility to help local governments implement the new organic waste regulations, the costs will be passed on to ratepayers.