The City of Oakland has identified funding to restore a garbage bill discount program for low-income seniors for one year, while working to identify long-term funding to continue the discount program.
About 1,500 low-income seniors living in single-family buildings had been receiving a discount on their garbage bills until July 1, 2015, when the discount program ended. The City Council recently allocated $100,000 in funding to restore and support the discount from July 2015 through June 2016. The City of Oakland and Waste Management are continuing to discuss ways the discount program can be funded for future years.
Customers who were enrolled in this program when it ended will be automatically re-enrolled on October 1, with the discount credited retroactively to July 1. The discount is available to low-income seniors who qualify for the PG&E CARE program. For information about this discount program call Waste Management at (510) 613-8710.
UPDATE 10/6/15: An agreement has been reached to continue the restored low-income senior discount in future years. More information.