Households in Rancho Palos Verdes will pay a little less for waste hauling this year, the RPV City Council unanimously decided during a Nov. 20 vote.
Waste fees will be reduced by an estimated $18 annually per household. The savings come from a recycling rebate provided by the city's two waste haulers, EDCO Disposal Corporation and Universal Waste Systems, Inc.
Previously, the $296,000 annual rebate paid for Neighborhood Beautification Grants and the city's median maintenance program; however, the grants—which paid for entry signs and landscaping—were suspended for a couple years while city officials determined how to most equitably split the proceeds. Previous estimates indicated that about one-third of the households in RPV were never beneficiaries of the grants.
While city staff recommended that the council, if it chose to use the rebate to reduce waste-hauling costs, only refund $96,000 and keep the remaining $200,000 for the city's median maintenance program, council members decided to refund the entire rebate.
The reduction in waste fees "is not much, but it's a little bit, and it's equitably returned to people," Mayor Pro Tem Brian Campbell told Patch last week. "It's a small step in the right direction."
Homeowners associations and previous recipients of Neighborhood Beautification Grants could have their members pool the resulting savings to fund future neighborhood beautification projects, Campbell said.
According to Senior Administrative Analyst Lauren Ramezani, who prepared the city's staff report, city staff will present the specifics of the fee reduction at a future city council meeting.
The city of Palos Verdes Estates instituted a similar program in 1989, according to the RPV staff report.