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Increase in trash rates considered for La Mesa, Lemon Grove

Increase in trash rates considered for La Mesa, Lemon Grove
The La Mesa City Council will hold a public hearing on June 27 about an increase in the cost of trash pickup rates by EDCO. Rates are likely to rise in Lemon Grove also. (Karen Pearlman/San Diego Union-Tribune)

Trash collection rates will likely increase in La Mesa and in Lemon Grove.

The La Mesa City Council will hold a public hearing in June to consider a hike in the monthly fees to EDCO Disposal Corp. The company provides residential and commercial trash and recycling pickup in the city.

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In Lemon Grove, the City Council is poised to accept a rate increase of 3.3 percent for basic services this week.

A Lemon Grove resolution would establish the maximum rate EDCO can charge during two fiscal years. The new rate will extend through June 30, 2019.

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EDCO's last rate increase in Lemon Grove was 3.2 percent two years ago. EDCO works under a franchise agreement with the city, which can put a ceiling on its rates.

Commercial service customers are being asked to pay 2.9 percent more. Commercial rates increased by 1.5 percent in 2015.

Homeowners in La Mesa would see a modest increase of 56 cents per month increase, from $19.77 to $20.33; commercial service customers will see an uptick of $2.89 monthly, from $100.74 to $103.63.

In Lemon Grove, homeowners' trash bill would increase by 70 cents, from $21.19 to $21.80 per month, and most senior residents would see an increase of 56 cents, from $16.88 to $17.44 per month.

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Businesses in Lemon Grove will see a hike of 4.8 percent; the majority that have once-a-week pickup will see charges go from $106.28 to $111.36. Rate hikes would take effect July 1.

In La Mesa, a notice of the public hearing on June 27 is being mailed to property owners by May 12 to meet a required 45-day notification period. Those residents who are renting property will not be directly notified by the city. La Mesa will pay nearly $12,000 out of its Environmental Services Fund to send out the notices.

Proposition 218 states that if written protests against the proposed fee increase are presented by a majority of property owners, EDCO cannot by law impose the charge.

EDCO provides solid waste disposal and recycling services in La Mesa under an exclusive franchise agreement. Services include collection, transfer and disposal of all solid waste, recyclables and yard waste generated at all residential and commercial properties in La Mesa.

EDCO also runs a recycling buyback center that accepts all CRV glass, cans and plastic, and is a certified used motor oil drop-off site and a fat, oil and grease drop-off location. The company also takes household batteries at its La Mesa station at 8184 Commercial St., for EDCO customers only.

In Lemon Grove, the EDCO buyback recycling center and e-waste recycling center is located at 6670 Federal Blvd.

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