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Public Hearing for April 8, 2003:

Termination of Handy-Can of Berkeley's Non-Exclusive Rubbish Hauling Franchise

On June 27, 2000, the Council of the City of Berkeley enacted Ordinance No. 6564-N.S. granting a non-exclusive rubbish hauling franchise to Handy Can of Berkeley. At its meeting on April 8, 2003, the Berkeley City Council will hold a public hearing on the subject of repealing Ordinance 6564-N.S., thereby terminating Handy Can of Berkeley’s franchise.

 

Chapter 9.60 of Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) allows private companies to collect and haul rubbish generated in Berkeley if the City Council enacts an ordinance granting the company a franchise, and if the company completes a franchise agreement with the City.  The franchise agreement requires companies to report the amount of material they collect, pay 26% of their revenue from hauling rubbish, keep records and obey City health and safety codes.  Section 9.60.250.E states that the City can terminate a non-exclusive rubbish hauling franchise after a public hearing. 

 

Handy Can of Berkeley is in violation of the franchise ordinance because it did not complete the required franchise agreement, maintain a Berkeley business license, submit reports or pay franchise fees.  It has continued to collect rubbish from a few Berkeley customers, in violation of BMC Chapter 9.60.  Handy Can has not responded to certified letters and other attempts to communicate with it about this problem.

 

Terminating Handy Can of Berkeley’s franchise will not significantly reduce the public’s options for  refuse collection.  Four other companies currently have valid franchises to collect rubbish in Berkeley.   Berkeley’s Department of Public Works also provides comprehensive refuse collection and recycling service to Berkeley residents and businesses.

 

For further information, call Tania Levy, Solid Waste Division, at  (510) 981-6368.


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City Clerk Department
2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley, California  94704
Telephone (510) 981-6900; TDD (510) 981-6903; Fax (510) 981-6901
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
E-mail:
clerk@ci.berkeley.ca.us
Graphic: New Information Note: Some City buildings and services will be closed to the public on holidays and reduced services days. Access the City's Holiday and Reduced Service Days Schedule.