San Franciscans: Get Ready for Garbage Rate Hike

Are we heading to be the most expensive city on the planet for garbage rates? Like we already are for most expensive rents in the world. No, SF is not that expensive for garbage pickup. However, next month—July—the collection rate will go up by 14 percent.

The rate hike is to cover costs for collecting and then processing garbage and the recycling process for recycled items—according to the San Francisco Public Works Department. The hike was recently approved by city officials.

How does that translate into monthly bills? An average single family home will have to pony up $40 a month for three bins leased from the city for garbage, recycling and compost. And even with this increase, we will be cheaper than Oakland at $45 a month for the average single family home.