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Want to save some money on your trash bill? Here’s how

File photo, waste collection carts. // M. Hazlip

By Mike Hazlip—
Amid recent hikes in waste disposal rates, Citrus Heights residents looking to shave a few dollars off their garbage bill have several options from service provider Republic Services.

Fees are determined only by the size of the cart, according to the city. The 2023 rates are $27.74 for a 32-gallon cart, $30.84 for a 64-gallon cart, and $38.45 for a 96-gallon cart. Extra carts are between $9.72 and $15.43 each month. Rates are listed on the city’s website as monthly prices, but bills are sent out every other month.

A media representative for Republic Services contacted by The Sentinel said reducing the size of the trash bin is one way residents can save money each month. The smallest available cart is the 32 gallon size. Additionally, Republic Services said residents might find they no longer need a large trash cart, as more food waste is now meant for the green waste cart under the state’s new laws.

“Residents that utilize an organic waste cart to recycle their organics may find that they no longer need a large trash cart as they reduce the volume of trash they generate,” the company said.

The bundled rate includes one trash cart, two recycle carts, and one organics cart, according to the company. Choosing a smaller recycling or organics waste cart will not affect the monthly bill, as the price is determined only by the garbage cart.

Customers can also avoid additional fees and fines by properly sorting food waste in the organics waste container. Republic Services has engaged in an education program using electronic and print media since the implementation of SB 1383, the state law requiring service providers to lower methane emissions by reducing the amount of organic waste in landfills.

Republic Services also offers several free services that residents can take advantage of. Citrus Heights residents can pick up free compost from the Elder Creek Transfer Station and a sharps collection for syringes and other hazardous medical waste. Residents are also allowed to place household batteries in a clear bag on top of the recycling cart lid, and place used motor oil and oil filters on the curb for pickup. Oil must be sealed in a clearly marked container, the company said.

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