What are the rates?
There are two Lifeline Rates: a 32-gallon rate and a 20-gallon rate.
- The standard Lifeline Rate is for customers who use a 32-gallon garbage cart.
- The Lifeline Mini-Can Rate is for customers who use the small, 20-gallon garbage cart.
For the July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2013 rate years, the Lifeline Rates set by the Rate Board are as follows:
How do I qualify?
|Type of Service
|32-Gallon (Regular Cart) for
|20-Gallon (Mini-can) for
weekly pick up
|Number of Persons
Living in the Household
|Total Gross Annual Income
|1 or 2
||$21,855 or less
||$27,465 or less
||$33,075 or less
|More than 4
||Add $5,610 for each additional
In addition to the applicant's income eligibility, the address on the applications must be where the household lives for more than half the year (not the second home), and the applicant cannot be claimed on another person's income tax return.
If an eligible household receives multi-can service, the Lifeline Rate is applicable to only one can.
How do I apply?
To apply for a Lifeline rate, print and complete the application
and mail it to:
|Recology Sunset Scavenger
250 Executive Park Blvd., Suite 2100
San Francisco, CA 94134
Recology Golden Gate|
900 Seventh Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
You may also call Recology Sunset Scavenger and have one faxed or mailed to you.
Does a Lifeline Rate alter my service?
No. Your collection day and cart will remain the same. Place your carts and recyclables curbside as always and enjoy the savings. Note: Collection of trash, recyclable, and compostable items is included in all residential service, regardless of rate.
If I don't qualify for a Lifeline Rate, can I still reduce my collection costs?
The only way to reduce your collection costs is to generate less. By recycling more, you may be able to reduce the amount of garbage generated and reduce your cart size. The minimum service is one 20-gallon cart collected weekly with a monthly rate of $21.49.
Don't qualify for the Lifeline Rate but still want to reduce your bill?
Try recycling more!
Through aggressive recycling and composting you can reduce your bill. Depending on your service level, recycling more may help you reduce the size of your trash cart - thereby reducing your bill.
We offer a 20-gallon mini-can rate for customers who generate 20-gallons or less of refuse every week.
Customers who recycle their waste, reuse discarded items, or do not generate a large amount of refuse each week may qualify. You may achieve this lower level of generation by participating in the recycling and organic collection programs offered by Recology Sunset Scavenger. An example of reducing waste would be purchasing items in bulk and eliminating packaging, which would normally be disposed of in the weekly refuse collection. A 23% discount from the standard weekly rate for 32-gallon service is offered for customers qualifying for the mini-can rate. During the period of July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2013, the charges per month are $27.91 for a standard 32-gallon can rate and $21.49 for the discounted 20-gallon mini-can rate.
Please call Recology Sunset Scavenger at (415) 330-1300 or Recology Golden Gate at (415) 626-4000 or send us an e-mail
, if you have any questions about Lifeline Rates or other services.