Alameda County Industries

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A condo resident seeks an expansion of Alameda County Industries' on-call pickup service, saying it could help curb illegal dumping of mattresses and other big items.

Alamedans have been hugely responsive to calls to divert trash from landfills, with 95 percent of residents in single-family homes and small apartment complexes dumping 32 gallons of garbage each week or less. Despite those successes, the city’s residents and businesses could soon see their garbage bills increase, with residents who have reduced their trash output the most seeing some of the largest growth in rates.

Most residential customers would see their bills from hauler Alameda County Industries rise 6 percent under the proposed increases, though residents who have 20-gallon trash bins – the smallest available – would see their rates rise about 17 percent.