Long before SF set its sight on a zero-waste goal, which they are vying for by 2020, the city has been environmentally conscious. Now, yet another program is helping fight the battle against overstuffed landfills. As the Ex reports, SF garbage collection provider Recology has unveiled a new “Pay Per Setout” program that is earning eco-friendly residents discounts on their trash bills.

“Pay Per Setout” allows some city residents to choose when they’re setting out their black trash bins for pickup. For every collection day skipped, residents receive a credit towards their trash bill. Out of the nearly 3,600 homes eligible, over 28,000 credits have been issued.

The credits allow for a 10% discount on monthly bills, up to 30% per month. Recology does require that you use their waste service one week out of the four weeks, however.

It’s worth noting that Recology is looking to increase their collection fees by 21.5%. If approved, prices for standard residential services would jump up to $34.51 from their current price of $27.91.

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  • It’s worth noting that Recology is looking to increase their collection fees by 21.5%.

    Well of course, how did you think they would pay for the No On A campaign?

  • It’s worth noting that Recology is looking to increase their collection fees by 21.5%.

    Well of course, how did you think they would pay for the No On A campaign?

  • NoShameNoBlame

    Given that 70% of residents in The City are rents, the 21.5% rate increase is worth more than an afterthought! The building ownerships are just going to pass the increases on to their tenants. But let’s focus on another smoking mirror news article from Recology, as they hope to get their rate increase quietly passed… Hard hitting news reporting as usual.

  • NoShameNoBlame

    Given that 70% of residents in The City are rents, the 21.5% rate increase is worth more than an afterthought! The building ownerships are just going to pass the increases on to their tenants. But let’s focus on another smoking mirror news article from Recology, as they hope to get their rate increase quietly passed… Hard hitting news reporting as usual.

  • Problem is that people throw their garbage in their recycling bins.

  • Problem is that people throw their garbage in their recycling bins.

  • Let’s be reasonable

    I notice how Recology spent $1.75 million to defeat Measure A, the campaign that tried to open the City’s waste contract to competition. Now it’s easy to see why. They can get a 21.5% rate increase and we can’t do anything about it. How can the city political establishment tolerate a waste contract monopoly like Recology’s and just sit by while the rates go up. It’s disgusting!

  • Let’s be reasonable

    I notice how Recology spent $1.75 million to defeat Measure A, the campaign that tried to open the City’s waste contract to competition. Now it’s easy to see why. They can get a 21.5% rate increase and we can’t do anything about it. How can the city political establishment tolerate a waste contract monopoly like Recology’s and just sit by while the rates go up. It’s disgusting!

  • Pontifikate

    I remember not so long ago we didn’t have to put our trash cans out, we didn’t have to separate our trash. And now, less is more ($ that is).

  • Pontifikate

    I remember not so long ago we didn’t have to put our trash cans out, we didn’t have to separate our trash. And now, less is more ($ that is).

  • The city coddles Recology and lets it do whatever it wants like its a stubborn child. Isn’t this why we had that whole antitrust act, to break up monopolies? Its basic economics. Now Recology is proposing a 21.5% rate hike and we have no other choice but to grin and bear it. Wait until we start getting our new garbage bills, the whole city is gonna regret checking “no” on Measure A.

  • The city coddles Recology and lets it do whatever it wants like its a stubborn child. Isn’t this why we had that whole antitrust act, to break up monopolies? Its basic economics. Now Recology is proposing a 21.5% rate hike and we have no other choice but to grin and bear it. Wait until we start getting our new garbage bills, the whole city is gonna regret checking “no” on Measure A.

  • So wait, let me get this straight. So we allowed them to keep their monopoly by defeating Measure A. We do our part by wasting less, sending less to landfills and recycling more and they repay us by hiking our rates by 21.5%? I don’t know about the rest of you guys but every dollar counts for me. Well serves us right I guess. I hope they bring another Measure to the ballot box next election year. We can repay them for their “kindness”. Fool me once…

  • So wait, let me get this straight. So we allowed them to keep their monopoly by defeating Measure A. We do our part by wasting less, sending less to landfills and recycling more and they repay us by hiking our rates by 21.5%? I don’t know about the rest of you guys but every dollar counts for me. Well serves us right I guess. I hope they bring another Measure to the ballot box next election year. We can repay them for their “kindness”. Fool me once…

  • strobnm

    A 21.5% increase is less than 3% per year compounded. That’s small and very reasonable when you consider all the fuel it takes to pick up our garbage and how the oil companies are gouging us. Look elsewhere if you want to have a positive impact. We should try to produce less trash that then needs to be driven away!

  • strobnm

    A 21.5% increase is less than 3% per year compounded. That’s small and very reasonable when you consider all the fuel it takes to pick up our garbage and how the oil companies are gouging us. Look elsewhere if you want to have a positive impact. We should try to produce less trash that then needs to be driven away!