On December 2, 1997, the City of Calexico entered into an agreement with Allied Waste Services for waste collection and disposal services. The term for this agreement was for seven (7) years (January 1, 1998 through December 31, 2009). On November 8, 2006, the City Council authorized staff to negotiate with Allied Waste Services an additional five (5) years for solid waste collection, recycling and disposal services.
The City Council voted on November 20, 2007, to extend the current franchise agreement for an additional ten years, beginning on January 1, 2010. This amendment to the agreement provided for new blue recycling containers for each residence, weekly bulky item pick up for each residence, four free landfill passes for each residence, three $1,000 annual vocational scholarships for students from Calexico, 25% discount for all commercial recycling customers and a 10% rate discount for one year on all new construction within the City’s Enterprise Zone.
Solid waste is removed from each residence once each week using a three-can system. One residential cart is for recyclable materials, one residential cart is for green waste and one residential cart is for refuse. Residential customers are billed by the City. Commercial and industrial properties are billed by the contractor and furnished commercial bins. Collections take place Monday through Saturday from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The solid waste contractor picks up refuse, recycling and green waste materials from City facilities at no cost.
Residents are entitled to a weekly free baulky item pickup each week. Allied Waste Services participates in two community cleanups per year. The City collects a 12% franchise fee on solid waste gross receipts and a 2% AB939 fee on gross receipts earned from solid waste collections. In addition, beginning in January 2008, the solid waste contractor began making an annual payment of $50,000 for wear and tear to City streets and alleys and pays the City 50% of net revenues earned on the sale of recyclable materials.