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Proposed Refuse Collection Fee Rate Increase

On May 30, 2017, City Council approved updated fees for the collection of refuse, recycling, and organics for July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020. The new fees represent a 7% increase each year for the next three years. On June 8, 2017, the City mailed all Culver City residents and businesses a notice of the proposed refuse collection rate increase, as well as a public hearing regarding the changes.

Why are rates increasing?

The purpose of the proposed increase is to adequately fund the ongoing costs of providing basic refuse collection service to properties within the City of Culver City, as well as multiple innovative programs that help us meet our environmental goals.

New state legislation mandates that cities implement an organics waste program, including alternatives to landfilling. The cost to compost organics waste is 50% more than landfill. The cost to anaerobic digest organics waste is 65% more than landfilling. In addition, costs have increased for landfill tipping fees, personnel, street sweeping, and hauling from the transfer station.

What are the new rates?

The new rates can be viewed here: 2017 Proposed Refuse Collection Rates.

How do Culver City’s current rates compare to those of our neighbors?

Culver City’s single family rates are low compared to our neighbors, and will remain comparatively low even after the fee increases. Multi-family and commercial rates will also continue to compare favorably with adjacent communities, even after the increase.

Current Refuse Collection Rate Per Month Comparison with Neighboring Communities for Fiscal Year 2016/2017


Single Family

Multi- Family


Culver City

$ 31.38


$ 31.38 or $117.85*

$ 117.85

Beverly Hills

$ 52.00**

$ 18.31/unit

$ 105.40

Santa Monica

$ 49.47

$ 167.38 + $8.00/unit

$ 144.15


$ 49.13

$ 138.09

$ 123.96

Los Angeles

$ 36.32

$ 24.33/unit










 *$31.38 for a residential bin or $117.85 for a commercial bin

**Hypothetical 5,000 square foot lot based on rate of $0.0104/sq ft.

How will the funds be used?

Culver City is leading the way in environmental initiatives and programs, striving to reach a goal of 75% diversion of all waste generated in the city by 2020. A variety of waste diversion programs tailored to increase opportunities for residents and businesses are funded by fees. Examples of these programs include: collection and processing of recyclables, food scraps, yard debris and bulky items, as well as equipment, infrastructure, container replacements, support services, alternative technology studies, education, marketing, outreach, public litter collection, transfer station operations, and street sweeping services.

Fees also pay for periodic community events, such as paper shredding, compost giveaways, electronics recycling, and other activities offered to all residents.

What would happen if rates were not increased?

Operational costs for waste collection services are increasing annually. Reserve funds are currently being used to pay for ongoing services. The reserve fund should be used on a limited basis as a result of loss due to a catastrophic event or unscheduled events, not ongoing operations. Without an additional rate increase, the reserve fund will be expended by July 1, 2018. Funds for operations would have to be borrowed from the City’s General Fund, decreasing funding for other City services. The City would not have funding to implement the organics program, which would put the City at risk of fines from the State.

When was the last time rates were increased?

The last time rates were increased was in 2015, when they were increased by 3%.

How can I find out more information?

Please call the City’s Public Works Department at 310-253-6400.

What if I want to protest the rate increase?

A Public Hearing on the proposed refuse collection rate increase will be held on July 24, 2017, at 7:00 pm, or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, in the City Council Chambers located at 9770 Culver Boulevard in the City of Culver City. The City Council will hear and consider all oral and written testimony concerning the proposed refuse collection rates.

Any property owner or customer may submit a written protest to the proposed increase to the refuse rates; provided, however, only one protest will be counted per identified parcel. Each protest must (1) be in writing; (2) state that the identified property owner or customer is in opposition to the proposed refuse rates; (3) provide the location of the identified parcels (by assessor’s parcel number or street address); and (4) include the signature of the property owner or customer submitting the protest.

Protests submitted by e-mail, facsimile, or other electronic means will not be counted. Written protests may be submitted by mail to the City Clerk, or at the July 24, 2017 Public Hearing, so long as they are received prior to the conclusion of the Public Hearing. Please identify on the front of the envelope for any protest, whether mailed or submitted in-person to the City Clerk, that the enclosed letter is for the Public Hearing on the Proposed Refuse Rate Increase.

Valid written protests will be tabulated pursuant to procedures adopted by the City Council. If, at the close of the Public Hearing, written protests against the proposed increase to the refuse rates are not presented by a majority (50% plus 1) of property owners/customers of the identified parcels upon which they are proposed to be imposed, the City Council will be authorized to adopt the rates.

Please mail, or hand-deliver, written protests to:

City of Culver City

Office of the City Clerk

RE: Public Hearing on the Proposed Refuse Rates

9770 Culver Boulevard

Culver City, CA 90232


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