- source separation of trash, recycling, and compostable materials for all Oaklanders;
- use of a local EBMUD facility for anaerobic digestion of Oakland’s food waste and conversion to clean energy;
- collaboration with Civicorps, a local organization that provides training and job placement to underprivileged youth;
- augmented bulky waste pick up to prevent illegal dumping;
- decent wages for recycling workers, many of whom work and live in Oakland; and
- building a multimillion dollar state-of-the-art recycling facility on Oakland’s Army Base.
California Waste Solutions (CWS), which was awarded the contract, was the only company that agreed to implement these and other benefits for Oakland residents at consumer rates lower than their main competitor, Waste Management. Currently, Oakland City Councilmembers and City Staff are working closely with CWS to ensure that the transition to the new contract happens smoothly and timely.
Unfortunately, Waste Management—which lost the bid due to their proposed higher rates and unwillingness to incorporate many of the contract’s green elements—is now gathering petitions to force a costly special election for Oakland taxpayers in an attempt to overrule the City Council decision. Don’t be fooled by these petitions, which are using inaccurate and false information. If you have questions, you can call or email your councilmembers, Mayor and/or City Administrator to receive accurate information. Don’t fall for an expensive scam.
Together, we can build an Oakland that keeps local money local, treats all Oaklanders fairly, and builds its economy on green, collaborative, and sustainable values.