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Woodside garbage collection rates rise

Rates for collection of household recyclable and compostable materials in Woodside will rise 5.6 percent on July 1, the start of the new fiscal year. The new rate includes a 2.58 percent cost-of-living increase and a 3 percent "special rate adjustment."

The Town Council approved the increase at its June 10 meeting, but after sharp questioning from the council and a unanimous vote to reduce by half the 6 percent special increase requested by San Jose-based GreenWaste Recovery Inc. The council asked for more information before considering the remaining 3 percent.

The company cited increases, over five years, of 54 percent for fuel, 12 percent for drivers' wages, 39 percent for health insurance premiums, and 14 percent for shipping compostable material.

The monthly fee to empty four curbside cans will be $109.32 and $169.15 if they're between 400 and 500 feet away. The company may avoid losses if it can determine the real costs of emptying distant containers, a GreenWaste official told the council.

The council acknowledged the complexities. "You understand Woodside," Councilman Dave Tanner said. "Figure out where those extra costs are coming from."

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