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Eileen Teichert, City Attorney Shirley Concolino, City Clerk Russell Fehr, City Treasure
Gus Vina, Interim City Manager 
City of SacramentoCity Council
915 I Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814www.CityofSacramento.org
Meeting Date
:
4/5/2011
Report Type:
Staff/Discussion
Title: Green Waste Collection Service Options: Containerized and Loose-in-the-StreetReport ID:
2011-00168
Location:
Citywide
Recommendation:
Provide direction to staff regarding options for loose-in-the-street garden refusecollection.
Contact:
William Skinner, Interim Integrated Waste Manager, (916) 808-4932; David Levine, SupportServices Manager, (916) 808-7943, Department of Utilities
Presenter:
William Skinner, Interim Integrated Waste Manager, (916) 808-4932, Department of Utilites
Department:
Department Of Utilities
Division:
Solid Waste Administrative Services
Dept ID:
14001321
Attachments:
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 
_________________________________________________________________________ City Attorney Review
Approved as to FormJaneth D. San Pedro3/25/2011 1:30:24 PM
City Treasurer Review
Prior Council Financial Policy Approval or Outside City Treasurer ScopeRussell Fehr 3/22/2011 2:44:18 PM
Approvals/Acknowledgements
Department Director or Designee: Marty Hanneman - 3/23/2011 3:56:38 PMAssistant City Manager: John Dangberg - 3/23/2011 5:41:43 PM
 
Description/Analysis Issue:
On September 27, 1977, City of Sacramento voters adopted Measure A, an initiativeordinance that prohibited the City from requiring containerized collection of yard and gardenrefuse (green waste). The ordinance also stated that it shall not be repealed or amendedexcept by a vote of the majority of the electors in the City of Sacramento at a municipalelection.Since 2004, the Department of Utilities (DOU) Solid Waste division has offered containerizedgreen waste collection to select areas of the City on a voluntary basis. The voluntarycontainerized program customers receive eight loose-in-the-street (claw) collections during theyear as follows:January - collection second weekFebruary - collection last weekMay - collection last weekOctober - collection last weekNovember and December - collection a minimum of every other weekUnder the current program, residential property owners may voluntarily switch to weeklycontainerized service from loose-in-the-street (LITS) collection and pay approximately $3.00less per month. The division has recently completed the offering of containerized service to allCity residential customers. 12,121 customers continue to receive LITS green waste collectionwhile 103,787 now receive containerized green waste collection.The voluntary containerized green waste option has changed the business. As the number of containerized customers has increased, there are a smaller number of LITS customers toshare the cost of that service. The current LITS rate of $13.71 was sufficient to recover the fullcost when 57,000 customers were putting their green waste in the street. With only 12,121LITS customers remaining paying the same rate, there is now insufficient funding to cover thecost of the service. As a result, the current LITS rate does not recover the full cost of providingLITS collection at the weekly service level specified in the current Solid Waste rate Resolution,which means that funding for the LITS collection program is being provided, in part, byrevenues from other Solid Waste service rates. This type of subsidy runs counter to the “costof service” principles of Proposition 218.The following options exist to resolve the subsidy issue:1. Raise Rate to Current Cost of Service: To maintain current service levels of periodicweekly collection for 12,121 customers, the rate for LITS must be increased to recover the full cost of the service. Staff estimates that the rate needs to increase toapproximately $40.00 per month for a single family home. Increasing the rate willrequire public notification and a public hearing before the City’s Utility Rate AdvisoryCommission (URAC), in accordance with the procedural requirements of Proposition
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218 and the City Code. The URAC would consider the proposed rate and make itsrecommendation prior to the City Council’s consideration of a revised rated schedule.2. General Fund Subsidy: The City’s General Fund can subsidize the $26.00 differencebetween the current monthly rate of $13.71 and the $40.00 per month rate for periodicweekly collection. Staff estimates the total annual General Fund subsidy for 12,121LITS customers to be $3,781,752. The City’s General Fund is already projected to havea $40 million deficit for FY2011/12. Adding the subsidy for LITS collection wouldincrease the deficit and require further reductions to balance the budget.3. Reduce Service Levels to Monthly to Match Current Rate: At the current rate of $13.71per month for a single family home, staff estimates LITS service levels need to bereduced to monthly collection for full cost recovery. LITS customers will still only beable to deposit up to two-cubic yards of green waste in the street under the current CityCode. Monthly LITS collection will result in significant blight, clogged storm drains,more frequent obstruction of bicycle lanes and mosquito/vector control issues.4. Reduce Service Levels to Bi-Weekly: The LITS service levels specified in the SolidWaste rate Resolution can be reduced to periodic bi-weekly collection. Staff estimatesthat the rate would increase to approximately $25.00 per month for a single familyhome. LITS customers will still only be able to deposit up to two-cubic yards of greenwaste in the street under the current City Code. Increasing the rate will require publicnotification and a public hearing before the City’s Utility Rate Advisory Commission(URAC), in accordance with the procedural requirements of Proposition 218 and theCity Code. The URAC would consider the proposed rate and make its recommendationprior to the City Council’s consideration of a revised rated schedule.5. Eliminate LITS Collection: Eliminating LITS collection and mandating containersthroughout the City requires voter approval of a ballot measure to repeal Measure A. If Measure A is repealed by voters, the City Council would have the discretion to eliminateLITS collection and establish mandatory containerized green waste service. Themandatory containerized service may include LITS pickups during heavy leaf seasonsas is currently offered in the voluntary containerized program. For specific areas of thecity with significant numbers of mature trees, such as downtown and midtown, morefrequent LITS pickups could be offered with a slightly different rate. The new rate for these areas will require public notification and a public hearing before the City’s UtilityRate Advisory Commission (URAC), in accordance with the procedural requirements of Proposition 218 and the City Code. The URAC would consider the proposed rate andmake its recommendation prior to the City Council’s consideration of a revised ratedschedule.6. Select LITS Geographic Areas: If Measure A is repealed by voters, the City Councilcould designate specific areas of the city with significant numbers of mature trees, suchas downtown and midtown, as LITS collection zones while mandating containers in allother areas. However, staff would recommend that only LITS be allowed in these

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