San Francisco Garbage Contract Trashed At City Hearing

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The trash talk came from near and far Wednesday as the supervisors debated who should collect the city’s garbage, and whether it should be shipped all the way to Yuba County.

The city’s contract with Waste Management does not expire for another five years, but already a resolution before the Board of Supervisors budget committee would have the city switch to Recology, an employee-owned company with low rates and an impressive recycling record.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

What doesn’t get recycled by Recology, however, would be shipped by train to the company’s landfill in Yuba County.

That idea has angered many in San Francisco and in Yuba County, despite arguments that one city’s trash would be another’s welcome source of cash.

Detractors, including the San Francisco budget analyst, have complained about the lack of competitive bidding in the process.

There will be at least two more months of study. The budget committee takes up the Recology contract again in April.

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  1. Tom says:

    Memories of Sunset and Golden Gate Scavengers, who served San Francisco’ garbage collection needs. I remember during the late 1940’s and into the 1950’s they would dump their garbage into the bay at the north east end of the Bay Bridge. Emeryville had such a lovely name and aroma, which was helped by a local tallow works. The sea gulls enjoyed flying above the garbage. As you drove past the Yerba Buena Island tunnel, towards Oakland,the aroma would hit you even if all the car windows and vents were closed. How I miss those days, but you can keep the smell!

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