Transbay authority to consider paying residents’ increased trash removal fees

The new Transbay Transit Center project will result in higher garbage collection costs for residents in the neighborhood, but the community should be able to recoup the extra expenses for their trash removal.

As part of the $1.6 billion undertaking, construction crews have set up new barriers around the project, a development that has significantly narrowed the width of local streets. Because of the new street dimensions, Recology, the company in charge of trash collection near the center, will have to retrofit their vehicles to squeeze past the narrower berths.

That retrofitting will cost money, and Recology says it has no recourse but to pass off those expenses on local residents. However, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, the group in charge of operations at the transit center, could approve a measure at its meeting on Thursday to compensate residents for their increased trash bills.

The authority is projecting to dole out an extra $5,000 a month for trash expenses at the residences along Howard, Mission, Second and First streets. Because the project is expected to take seven years, the authority is forecasting $420,000 in expenses related to trash pickup.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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