Phil Matier: Finance Questions Surround Alameda County’s Recycling Program

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Garbage bills have gone up in Alameda County, and there are questions about one of the area’s recycling programs, Stop Waste.

KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier said the program is paid for largely out of ratepayers’ garbage fees, is overseen by two boards, and has a staff of 35. The director makes more than $200,000, he added.

Matier said the civil grand jury issued a report on Stop Waste that caught his eye.

KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier Comments:

“They are making an impact, and they are reaching their goals,” Matier said about the company, but he added other agencies are doing the same for less.

“There’s no question the job is getting done,” he said. “The question is at what price.”

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