Trash & Recycling Questions

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> How long is the agreement with Waste Management?

The term for the agreement with Waste Management is 15 years, lasting from November 1, 2006 through November 1, 2021.

>Why hasn’t the City changed contractors?

There are significant start-up costs involved in providing waste disposal and recycling services. These costs include expensive vehicles, staff, and ensuring the proper rights for disposal at a landfill. Because of these types of investments necessary to provide this service, most contracts for trash and recycling services are 20 years. There are also a very limited number of companies that provide such a service.

> The Proposition 218 Notice spoke about tipping fee increases. What is a tipping fee?

Tipping fees are fees that are charged by Riverside County Waste Management Department for every ton of waste disposed of at the Riverside County landfill. These fees pay for managing programs such as stormwater runoff, recycling and green waste. These programs help with water quality and reducing the amount of waste that is deposited at the landfill.

> What is the Franchise Fee that the City collects from Waste Management?

The City and any agency that enters into a franchise agreement with a waste service provider receives a franchise fee. The franchise fee is used to recoup the costs for maintaining streets and infrastructure that the heavy waste vehicles impact.

> Why are the trash vehicles so expensive?

All vehicles used by waste disposal companies must comply with air quality requirements set by the Air Quality Management District, or AQMD. These requirements result in the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles instead of regular diesel burning vehicles. The cost of a CNG vehicle is much more expensive than diesel powered trucks, but they help to keep the air clean.

> What kind of rules do landfills have to comply with?

Both federal and state regulations are in place to ensure that public health, safety and the environment are protected against the impacts of landfill operations. The Riverside County Waste Management Department must obtain permits from multiple regulatory agencies to operate within Riverside County, including all of the following types of permits:

  • Solid Waste Facilities Permit
  • Waste Discharge Requirements Permit
  • Stormwater Discharge Permit
  • Permits to construct and operate gas management and leachate collection systems
> Why are there so many regulations for landfills and why does it cost so much?

Landfills have the potential to pollute the environment and water supply if they are not contained properly. All landfills are constructed to reduce this possibility, including having liners on the bottom and top of the landfill. In addition, groundwater monitoring is required at all current and former landfill sites to ensure that no pollution is occurring. On average, it costs $500,000 per acre to construct the bottom liner and top cap of a landfill. In addition, each day the landfill must be covered to ensure that trash does not blow away - a very costly activity.

> How can I learn more about landfills and Waste Management services?
> Did you know?
  • The El Sobrante Landfill in Corona processes up to 10,000 tons of waste per day.
  • Waste Management of the Inland Empire has placed over 600 acres of the landfill into a permanent habitat preserve.
  • Waste Management of the Inland Empire has given over $200,000 annually in donations and in-kind services to the Inland Empire community?