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Mission Country Disposal - Trash and Recyclable Services

SLO County Health Ordinances have mandated trash service in Cayucos (without regard to household occupancy) for the health, safety and well-being of the public.  As an owner of developed property located within the District, you must use the District’s solid waste collection and disposal service and are responsible for paying the collection and disposal fees for your property.

The District provides solid waste collection and disposal service through Mission Country Disposal, its franchisee.  Please contact Mission Country Disposal by calling (805) 995-0817 to establish trash service.  Mission Country Disposal maintains billing and account activity and should be contacted in the event of billing or service questions and concerns.

Notice of Public Hearing Regarding Proposed Solid Waste Rate Increase
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Property Owners and Tenant-Customers:
This notice is intended to inform you that Cayucos Sanitary District (“CSD”) will hold a public hearing regarding rate increases (the “Proposed Rate Increase”) proposed by Mission Country Disposal for properties and customers receiving solid waste, recycling, and green waste services within the CSD. The Proposed Rate Increase will be considered by the CSD Board of Directors (“Board”) at the date, time, and location specified above.


Reason for the Proposed Rate Increase
The Proposed Rate Increase for solid waste, recycling, and green waste/organics collection services is 43.30 %. Several factors contributed to this rate increase including, but not limited to increased costs associated with the purchase and operation of collection vehicles, fuel costs, labor costs, commingle processing fee costs and increased costs associated with the organics digester facility.

The organics digester facility is required by California Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383), and previously approved California Assembly Bill 1826 (AB 1826). SB 1383 is a recent state law passed with the goal of reducing methane. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, with more than 80 times the warming power of carbon dioxide, and is a major component of decomposing organic waste. In response to the harmful effects of methane gas, Cal Recycle (a branch of the California Environmental Protection Agency) adopted regulationsimplementing SB 1383 in the fall of 2020. Key components of SB 1383 include implementing organic wastecollection programs (including food waste), monitoring organics carts for contamination, and reporting data. AB 1826 requires local jurisdictions to develop a program to divert organic waste from landfills to an authorized composting facility like an anaerobic digester.


Basis of the Proposed Rate Increase
The Proposed Rate Increase of 43.30 % is based on the following cost increases incurred by Mission Country Disposal:

  1. 6.48 % of the Proposed Rate Increase is for capital investment costs of new collection vehicles, replacement containers and additional containers to meet the demands of SB 1383 compliance.
  2. 6.13 % of the Proposed Rate Increase is for increased capital equipment investments and escalating operating expenses related to the Anaerobic Digester.
  3. 6.17 % of the Proposed Rate Increase is for market wage adjustments to attract and retain safe, quality employees.
  4. 2.74 % of the Proposed Rate Increase is for increases in insurance premiums.
  5. 2.52 % of the Proposed Rate Increase is for increased gas and oil costs.
  6. 1.59 % of the Proposed Rate Increase is for increases in other operational expenses including a Consumer Price Index increase of 5.3 %.
  7. 9.67 % of the Proposed Rate Increase is for recovery of the deficit in the revenue requirement.
  8. 8.00 % of the Proposed Rate Increase is related to the allowed profit margin.

In addition, commencing on January 1, 2023 and January 1, 2024, rates shall be increased based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): U.S. City Average. The January 1, 2023 rate increase will be based on June 2022 CPI-U statistics. The January 1, 2024 rate increase will be based on June 2023 CPI-U statistics.

A copy of the 2022 Base Year Rate Adjustment Application, which provides additional information on the proposed rate increases, is available on the CSD website here and at the CSD office located at 200 Ash Ave., Cayucos, CA.

How Do I Protest the Proposed Rate Increase?
Pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII D of the California Constitution, the following persons may submit a written protest against the Proposed Rate Increase to the District Manager before the close of the Public Hearing referenced above.

  • An owner(s) of property (parcel(s)) receiving solid waste, recycling, and green waste services within the CSD limits. If the person(s) signing the protest, as an owner, is not shown on the last equalized assessment roll as the owner of the parcel(s) then the protest must contain or be accompanied by written evidence that such person signing the protest is the owner of the parcel(s) receiving services; or
  • A tenant(s) whose name appears on Mission Country Disposal’s records as the customer of record for the corresponding parcel receiving solid waste, recycling, and green waste services within the CSD limits (tenant-customer).

A valid written protest must contain a statement that you protest the Proposed Rate Increase, the address or Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN) of the parcel or parcels which receive solid waste, recycling, and green waste services, and a signature by either the owner or the tenant-customer of the parcel or parcels. One written protest per parcel shall be counted in calculating a majority protest to the Proposed Rate Increase subject to the requirements of Section 6 of Article XIII D of the California Constitution. Written protests will not be accepted by e-mail or by facsimile. Verbal protests will not be counted in determining the existence of a majority protest. To be counted, a protest must be received in writing at the CSD office located at 200 Ash Ave., Cayucos, CA before the close of the Public Hearing referenced above.

Written protests regarding the solid waste rate increase may be mailed to:
   Cayucos Sanitary District
   Attn: District Manager
   PO Box 333
   Cayucos, CA 93430

Written protests may also be personally delivered to the CSD office, located at:
200 Ash Ave., Cayucos, CA 93430

If valid written protests are presented by a majority of owners and/or tenant-customers of parcels receiving solid waste, recycling, and green waste services within the CSD limits, then the CSD will not adjust/increase the rates for the services.