Solid Waste Rates

Current Solid Waste Rates

Waste Management currently provides solid waste disposal and recycling services in the City of Del Mar under a franchise agreement that expires June 30, 2022. These services include the collection, transfer, processing, and disposal of all solid waste, recyclables and yard waste generated at all residential and commercial properties located in the City of Del Mar.

To stabilize trash and recycling rates paid by customers in Del Mar over the long term, the Del Mar City Council adopts five-year solid waste rate reviews with allowances for annual adjustments. The last five-year rate review occurred in 2017. The current franchise agreement with Waste Management has a formula for the calculation of solid waste rates and subsequent annual adjustments that include variables such as Consumer Price Index and changes to disposal fees.

Click here for the City’s adopted solid waste rates for residential, multifamily and commercial customers effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

Proposed Solid Waste Rates Effective July 1, 2022

The City Council recently approved a new 10-year franchise agreement with EDCO Disposal Corporation (EDCO) beginning July 1, 2022. EDCO was awarded the contract through a competitive bid process that resulted in them offering the lowest rates and being the most qualified to perform the requested services. 

The City of Del Mar is proposing to establish new solid waste rates for the new franchise agreement with EDCO. 

Click here for the City’s proposed rates effective July 1, 2022.

The Del Mar City Council will consider the new solid waste rates at a Public Hearing via teleconference on Monday, May 16, 2022, at 4:30 PM. The Town Hall will not be open to the public for this meeting. All interested persons are invited to participate in the public meeting remotely via Zoom using the following link and/or dial in information:   
Phone: (669) 900-6833; Meeting ID: 847 9091 0014

If the City Council adopts the rates at the Public Hearing on May 16, 2022, they will be effective July 1, 2022. For questions about the public hearing process or the proposed rates, please call 858-375-9517. If the proposed rates are adopted, the rates and subsequent annual adjustment allowances will be set for the next five (5) years.

Why the Rates Are Increasing

The City sets solid waste rates for its residents and businesses to fund the costs of providing solid waste and diversion services through a franchise to protect public health, safety, and welfare and to meet the City’s obligations under State law. Such State requirements include, notably, SB 1383, the most significant waste reduction mandate adopted in California in the last 30 years. SB 1383 mandates that municipalities reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants through the reduction of organic waste disposal by 50% by 2020 and 75% by 2025, or face penalties of up to $10,000 per day. The State estimates that organics like food scraps and yard trimmings make up half of what Californians dump in landfills.  

To comply with SB 1383, the City’s new waste hauler, EDCO, will implement a comprehensive program beginning July 1, 2022, including commingled organics collection, public education, and a monitoring and reporting system.  Diverting this material from the waste stream and treating the organic material as a resource rather than as waste keeps methane-producing materials out of the landfill and supports the State and City’s actions to fight climate change. These mandatory organic diversion services are in addition to the services currently provided to City customers and thus contribute to the new rates. More information on the new mandatory organics recycling requirements can be found at More information about EDCO and their organics collection and processing services can be found at

Public Hearing Process

In the interest of public health, and consistent with the provisions of Assembly Bill 361 (AB 361) and related resolutions adopted by the Del Mar City Council, the City of Del Mar is temporarily taking actions to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic by holding City Council Meetings electronically or by teleconference. This is not an in-person meeting.

At the Public Hearing, the City Council will hear and consider all testimony concerning the new proposed solid waste rates. If you oppose the proposed rates, your protest must be submitted in writing to be considered. Written protests must be submitted to the City Clerk’s office by noon on Monday, May 16, 2022. Written protests may also be delivered in-person to a drop box at the Del Mar Civic Center, located at 1050 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, during the Public Hearing.

Written protests must contain a statement indicating your opposition to the proposed rates, the Assessor Parcel Number (APN), the service address, and the signature of the property owner. Please send all protests to

City Clerk, City of Del Mar
1050 Camino del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014

If written protests are submitted by a majority of affected property owners, the proposed solid waste rates may not be implemented. Owners of multiple properties must file a separate written protest for each property. Only one written protest per parcel will be accepted. Protests sent by email or fax and protests received after the Public Hearing is closed will not be accepted. Public comments at the Hearing will not qualify as a formal protest unless accompanied by a written protest. 

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