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Multiple Cities

Organics Negotiations (2016-2018)

Project Background

On September 26, 2014, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1826. In late 2016, Republic Services submitted proposals to the cities of Fullerton, Garden Grove, Placentia, and Yorba Linda to provide an organics program to comply with AB 1826. The cities retained HF&H under separate contracts to assist with the negotiations of a CalRecycle compliant commercial organics program and evaluate the proposals for accuracy and reasonableness.

Project Results

  • Negotiated significantly lower organics customer rate than were initially proposed by Republic.
  • HF&H negotiated and drafted a similar franchise amendment for all cities with some slight variations due to city specific characteristics.
  • HF&H developed a rate rebalancing mechanism to adjust organics rates at a future time based on actual organics program metrics.
  • Also included in the contract amendments are specific public education and outreach efforts, and contractually required monitoring from the hauler required by AB 1826. The haulers are required to annually contact non-compliant customers, as well as perform site visits if requested. To aid with CalRecycle reporting the hauler is required to document all visits and outreach performed and report quarterly to the cities on participation.