Long Beach, CA
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File #: 19-0070    Version: 1 Name: PW - Refuse Rate Prop. 2018 Hearing
Type: Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 1/18/2019 In control: City Council Special Meeting
On agenda: 2/5/2019 Final action: 2/5/2019
Title: Recommendation to receive supporting documentation into the record; receive public comment pursuant to Proposition 218; direct City Clerk to tabulate the written protests and report the results of the tabulation to the Mayor and City Council during the February 5, 2019 hearing; and, if a “majority protest” is not established, conclude the public hearing and adopt resolution establishing the Refuse and Recycling Rates under a two-step rate adjustment. (Citywide)
Sponsors: Public Works
Attachments: 1. 020519-H-1sr&att.pdf, 2. 020519-H-1 PowerPoint.pdf, 3. RES-19-0011.pdf
TITLE
Recommendation to receive supporting documentation into the record; receive public comment pursuant to Proposition 218; direct City Clerk to tabulate the written protests and report the results of the tabulation to the Mayor and City Council during the February 5, 2019 hearing; and, if a “majority protest” is not established, conclude the public hearing and adopt resolution establishing the Refuse and Recycling Rates under a two-step rate adjustment. (Citywide)

DISCUSSION
The City of Long Beach (City) has not raised refuse and recycling rates for cost of service since October 1, 2002. Since then, only Consumer Price Index (CPI) adjustments have been made, with the last one going into effect on October 1, 2015. While rates have remained constant for the past few years, costs for service have increased. Disposal costs per ton have grown 19 percent in the past five years, from $45.18 in FY 15 to $53.89 in FY 19, and staff anticipates continued cost increases in the coming years. Fleet costs are also increasing. The City is actively replacing the approximately 70 clean fuel (CNG) refuse trucks purchased in 2009. These vehicles cost 30 percent more since the 2009 purchase.

Additionally, over the past few years, the State has enacted legislation increasing each city’s requirement to recycle and provide waste diversion programs. In response to these and other requirements, the Department of Public Works (PW) is currently in the early stages of creating a Zero Waste Plan. This plan will develop a path for the City’s compliance with current and upcoming legislation including, but not limited to, AB 341 (mandatory commercial and multi-family recycling and sets a statewide 70 percent diversion target), AB 2176 (large venue and special event recycling), AB 1826 (commercial organics recycling), and AB 1383 (short-lived climate pollutants: organics methane emissions reductions).

In May 2018, PW retained Hilton, Farnkopf and Hobson Consultants, LLC (HF&H), to...

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