On March 4, 2014, the City Council awarded an 8-year Franchise Agreement with CR&R Incorporated for residential and commercial solid waste and recycling collection services following a comprehensive and competitive proposal process.
Single Family Residential Services:
Residents will receive new bins: a 95-gallon trash cart, a 95-gallon yard waste cart, and a 95-gallon recycling cart.
Residents will be paying $13.73 a month, a $0.45 reduction in their monthly trash bill which continues to give Lake Forest the 7th lowest residential rate among cities in Orange County.
Additional free services include two residential bulky item pickups a year, two household hazardous collection events a year, and holiday pickup.
A business can choose from various bin sizes and collection frequencies that affect the rates paid for commercial collection and recycling services. With CR&R, Lake Forest businesses and multi-family homes are subject to a base commercial rate, with no adjustment for recycling, of $78.91 – the 5th lowest rate among cities in Orange County. Recycling rates are 50% lower than regular trash rates, so the more recycling a business performs, the larger the reduction to the trash bill.
Similar to residential homes, commercial properties will receive new bins. Recycling Coordinators will provide businesses and multi-family complexes complementary recycling program planning, training, educational materials, signage, and unlimited assistance.
Proposition 218 Public Hearing Requirement
The City is required to conduct a public hearing concerning the new solid waste rates pursuant to Proposition 218. Notifications will be mailed to all property owners and tenants. Members of the community are invited to the public hearing for potential adoption of the proposed solid waste rates.
Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Time: 6 p.m. Location: Lake Forest City Hall (25550 Commercentre Drive)
On May 1, 2014, CR&R Incorporated will begin collecting trash and recyclables in Lake Forest using a fleet of natural gas vehicles which will lower emissions and be more environmentally friendly, as well as new lightweight commercial recycling trucks reducing wear and tear on City streets.
Public outreach will begin in late April to ensure a seamless transition as CR&R prepares to deliver new carts and bins in April. Trash schedules will remain the same.