News Brief: A fine for an overflowing trash can? It's your fault, city says

If you receive a bill from the garbage man for overfilling your trash can, don’t call City Hall to complain — you won’t find a sympathetic ear.
FILE: The logo of Waste Management is seen on the side of a dumpster off Abbey Street in Winters on November 4, 2018. Photo by Matthew Keys
FILE: The logo of Waste Management is seen on the side of a dumpster off Abbey Street in Winters on November 4, 2018. Photo by Matthew Keys

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quietly approved at a city council meeting last November. Cameras on the trucks and other forms of “smart technology” allow Waste Management to document customers who are not in compliance with the terms of the contract, including those who overfill refuse containers. Donlevy said the exclusive franchise agreement with Waste Management — a 10-year deal that is expected to end in 2027 — helps prevent a chaotic scenario where multiple garbage services pick up trash on multiple days and offers an incentive for rural garbage pickup in areas where there is less of a financial incentive to serve those households and businesses. To that end, Donlevy said it was not possible to simply contract out services to another company because a customer is mad at Waste Management over the additional fees. Donlevy compared the anger over trash to a driver who executes a “rolling stop” while on a county road near Davis, then complaining after receiving a ticket. “Not much we can say about that,” he wrote.]]>

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