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WASTE MANAGEMENT - Solid Waste, Recycle & Compost

The Town of Hillsborough is a member of a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) of twelve public agencies (Atherton, Belmont, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, the County of San Mateo and the West Bay Sanitary District).  The JPA was formed in 1982 with a primary goal of providing cost effective waste reduction, recycling and solid waste programs to Member Agencies through franchised services and other recyclers to meet and sustain California's waste diversion from landfill requirements.

The JPA (South Bayside Waste Management Authority (SBWMA) also known as RethinkWaste) provides strategic oversight, support and management of service providers that collect, process, recycle and dispose of materials for the Member Agencies.  Their services include selection of the service providers and the annual rate review process.  RethinkWaste is staffed with eight personnel led by an Executive Director who reports to a Board of Directors comprised of elected officials from the Member Agencies.

RethinkWaste also owns and manages the Shoreway Environmental Center, which receives all of the recyclables, organics and solid waste collected in its service area.  The Shoreway Environmental Center is a regional solid waste and recycling facility and includes a state-of-the-art single-stream Material Recovery Facility (MRF), a transfer station, a public recycling center and an environmental education center.  For more information on Shoreway, follow them through this link:


The RethinkWaste Board of Directors annually adopts a budget (July to June) which includes revenues, expenditures and reserves.  Sources of revenue include investment income, tipping fees charged at the Shoreway Environmental Center, and the sale of recyclable commodities.  These revenue sources fund program expenditures related to the administration, franchise contract compliance and support, recycling programs, Shoreway operations and capital improvements.  Their annual budget, budget message and audited financial statements can be found on-line at their website.

RethinkWaste also manages the rate setting process (calendar year basis), including recommending the annual revenue requirement for each Member Agency to set solid waste rates for their franchise collection services delivered by Recology San Mateo County.

Each Member Agency holds its own Collection Franchise Agreement with Recology San Mateo County.  the JPA holds the Facility Operations Agreement with South Bay Recycling (SBR) for the Shoreway Environmental Center and the Disposal Agreement with Ox Mountain Landfill.

These are some of the major agreements:

  • Ox Mountain Disposal Agreement with SBWMA
  • Recology Collection Franchise Agreement with each Member Agency
  • SBR Shoreway Operations Agreement with SBWMA
  • BFI Newby Island Organics Processing Agreement with SBWMA
  • Recology Grover Organics Processing Agreement with SBWMA
  • Zanker Road Construction and Demolition (C&D) Processing Agreement with SBWMA
  • San Carlos Franchise Agreement with SBWMA

RethinkWaste holds monthly meetings on the fourth Thursday of the month from 2-4 pm at the City of San Carlos Library, Conference Room A.  Agenda packets are available online at their website.

For more information on RethinkWaste, please contact them directly at 650-802-3500, or visit their website by clicking their logo.

Below are some of the major documents relating to the JPA and the Town's Franchise Agreement:


Recology San Mateo County (Recology) - Starting in January 2011, Recology became the Recycle, Compost and Solid Waste Collection Service Provider for the JPA's service area.  The new services introduced in 2011 included a more convenient weekly collection of single-stream recycling, organic materials (yard trimmings and food scraps) and solid waste with an emphasis on increased diversion.  There was a substantial change in the contractor compensation approach from the "cost-plus" methodology of the prior collection services Franchise Agreement to a "fixed cost" (i.e. base cost plus index adjustments) methodology included in the 10-year Franchise Agreement between the Town and Recology.  For more information on Recology, contact them at 650-595-3900 or visit their website by clicking their logo.

Below are the links to some of the services:


South Bay Recycling (SBR)
- Residential and commercial solid waste and recyclable materials that are collected by Recology, the franchise hauler, are taken to the Shoreway Environmental Center in San Carlos for processing and shipment.  The facility is operated by SBR under a 10-year contract with RethinkWaste as of January 2011.  For more information on SBR and the Shoreway, please contact them at 650-802-8355 or visit their website by clicking their logo.




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