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San Ramon solid-waste surveys remain open

City officials seeking online input until Sept. 1

Two online surveys remain open through the end of the month for San Ramon residents and businesses to provide feedback about the current state of the city's garbage and recycling programs and several proposed new services.

According to the city website, officials plan to implement a new garbage, recycling and composting service agreement in 2019, and they are reaching out to the community by way of surveys for suggestions about what to include in the new agreement that could help improve San Ramon's overall diversion rate.

The state-mandated diversion rate is currently at 50%, and San Ramon's 2014 diversion rate including residential and commercial sectors is estimated at about 43%, according to a presentation to the City Council in June.

One of the online surveys -- titled "Recycle 2020: All Residents and Businesses" -- is modeled as a questionnaire that asks survey-takers to describe what they like about the city's current garbage and recycling programs as well as what they dislike or what needs improvement.

The second survey, "Recycle 2020: Single Family Homes - Priorities for Services," asks survey-takers of single-family homes to prioritize some of the proposed new garbage and recycling services by allocating an imaginary $500 to the most important services.

Some of the proposed services include on-call collection of extra cardboard, on-call collection of extra yard trimmings, weekly curbside collection of household batteries and fluorescent lightbulbs, and rate discounts for seniors and low-income residents.

The online surveys, which have been open since June, are scheduled to close at 5 p.m. on Sept. 1.

As of Wednesday evening, the first survey was viewed by 207 people and had 97 respondents, according to the survey website. The second survey had 304 visitors and 91 prioritization budgets submitted.

For more information or to view the surveys, visit the city website.

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