Refuse Rate Setting Process

In June 2022, San Francisco voters passed Proposition F to reform the City’s refuse rate setting process. The Refuse Rate Administrator has initiated the rate-setting process and is accepting rate change request forms. Public meetings will begin in March. New rates will be determined by the Refuse Rate Board this summer and will go into effect October 1st, 2023.

Rate Setting Calendar

January 31, 2023Refuse Rates Change Template & Instructions Issued: Refuse Rates Change Request Template & Instructions are published on the Refuse Rates Administrator Website.

February 28, 2023Rate Change Request Initial Reporting Deadline: Initial rate change request information to be submitted by this date.

Mid-March 2023Public Refuse Rates Workshops: Purpose is to share information about the rate-setting process, to allow refuse companies to share details around their proposed rate change requests, and to hear comments and concerns from members of the public.

March 20, 2023Sanitation and Streets Commission Hearing #1: Purpose is to share information about the rate-setting process, for DPW to share program priorities and goals, for Recology to share initial rate change request, and to hear comment from the Commission and public.

March 28, 2023Commission on the Environment Hearing #1: Purpose is to share information about the rate-setting process, for ENV to share program priorities and goals, for Recology to share initial rate change request, and to hear comment from the Commission and public.

Week of April 1st 2023Refuse Rates Board Hearing #1: During the Hearing the Refuse Rates Board will adopt Code of Conduct & Ex Parte Communications Limitations Procedures, and hear Public Comment.

May 15, 2023Sanitation and Streets Commission Hearing #2: Purpose is to solicit comment from commissioners and members of the public on the Proposed Rate Order.

May 23, 2023Commission on the Environment Hearing #2: Purpose is to solicit comment from commissioners and members of the public on the Proposed Rate Order.

Week of May 29th 2023Proposed Refuse Rates Order Published: Refuse Rates Order will be published on the Refuse Rates Administrator website. Refuse Rates Board must begin hearing process within 30 days.

Week of June 5th 2023Refuse Rates Board Hearing #2: Refuse Rates Board will hear application, written objections received to-date, Refuse Rates Administrator’s Recommendation, and public comment.

Week of June 26th 2023Refuse Rates Board Hearing #3: Refuse Rates Board will hear new written objections received to-date, potential updates to the recommended Refuse Rates order. The Board will deliberate and potentially adopt the Rate Order.

Week of July 17th 2023Refuse Rates Board Hearing #4: Refuse Rates Board will hear new written objections received to-date, potential updates to the recommended Refuse Rates order. The Board will deliberate and potentially adopt the Rate Order.

Week of July 31st 2023Tentative - Refuse Rates Board Hearing #5: Refuse Rates Board will hear new written objections received to-date, potential updates to the recommended Refuse Rates order. The Board will deliberate and potentially adopt the Rate Order.

August 14, 2023Notice of Adopted Rate Order: New Rate Order to be published 45 days in advance of effective date.

October 1, 2023New Rate in Effect: The new Rate Order will align with the waste hauler's fiscal year to improve accountability.

Last updated February 2, 2023

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