Garbage bills in much of unincorporated Stanislaus County could go down a few cents under a proposal up for review today.
Also, Stanislaus County supervisors will talk about building a $3.2 million station at the Fink Road Landfill to make it easier to recycle material not delivered by garbage trucks.
Lower fuel prices and prime interest rates account for recommendations for slightly lower home garbage bills, thanks to a formula supervisors adopted in 2008 that's tied to consumer and other price indexes.
Monthly rates for the commonly seen 90-gallon cans would drop 34 cents to $21.12 for Bertolotti Disposal customers in unincorporated areas north of Modesto, south of Ceres and throughout the county's west side.
Gilton Solid Waste customers surrounding Oakdale, east of Riverbank and west of Ceres would pay $16.86, down 41 cents.
Rates paid by clients of Turlock Scavenger in areas surrounding Turlock, Hughson, Waterford and west of Modesto were established when that company took over another hauler's contract last year and won't be changed for two more years.
People in cities pay different rates.
Commercial bin rates are expected to drop from 0.52 percent to 2 percent, and charges to haul drop boxes would go down 1.4 percent to 3.22 percent.
Charging less would reduce the county's Environmental Resources' take by about $20,000 per year, a report says.
Another study on today's agenda says a new transfer station at the county's landfill near Crows Landing could divert 55,000 tons a year of garbage that should be recycled.
Eight mostly flat acres near the dump's entry could be suitable for such a station where people could drop off loads, which would allow for easier separation of wood, metal, yard waste and cardboard, the study says. Waste hauled by individuals accounts for about 41,000 tons a year, with 14,000 tons more coming from drop boxes that could be sorted as well.
The station would cost about $3.2 million and require about $1 million per year in maintenance, the study says.
Diverting recyclables could extend the landfill's life expectancy of 13 years by 19 percent, a report reads. That could be important if state lawmakers decide to require that agencies divert 65 percent of trash from landfills, as they've talked about for years; the current requirement is 50 percent. The county and its partners -- all cities except Modesto -- divert about 61 percent.
Pulling out plastics could help the agencies meet future demands of climate-change legislation, the study says.
Today's meeting of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. in the basement chamber at Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St., Modesto.
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