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Waste Management Fee Increases Proposed

Waste Management was before the Nevada County Board of Supervisors Tuesday asking them to adopt some new fees and charges that are allowed in the agreement when Waste Management took over the contract for garbage collection in Nevada County. Waste Management Vice President and General Manager for the Northern California and Nevada Area, Alex Oseguera,  says they’ve waited long enough and need to get some fees in place.

click to listen to Alex Oseguera

The fees are for things like bad or returned checks, late Fees, Special Cart Service fee for bear proof containers, also extra pickup or canceled Service fees.
Supervisor Nate Beason says he’s gotten several calls from people complaining about Waste Management Customer Service.
He says it’s like the bank that says there’s no charge to open an account then tacks on fee after fee for services.

click to listen to Nate Beason

One of the new fees would go into place when people bring unsorted trash to the McCourtney Road Transfer Station.  Supervisor Hank Weston says he’s not sure how that’s going to work.
click to Listen to Hank Weston
To Nevada County’s credit a new report says Nevada County’s diversion rate, or the amount of recyclables being separated has gone up from 40 to 56 percent. Supervisors voted 4 t0 1 to bring the ancillary fee schedule back for discussion at the October 13th Board meeting.

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