Letters to the Editor

Recyclebank bill a swindle?

By May 3, 2011

EDITOR:

I didn’t know that even if you don’t sign up for the Recyclebank program, Waste Connections, Inc./El Dorado Disposal Service (EDS, the company that hauls the trash) still has to bill you for the service.

Since I did not sign up with Recyclebank I get no benefit from it. Where does the money they are taking from me go? Who authorized the addition to my bill that I did not want? (EDS tells me there was some kind of vote by the Community Services District that authorized a third-party increase to my disposal services bill for this “option.” Clearly, I missed that.)

Did you know they don’t itemize this additional billing on my (or yours or anybody’s) invoice? Your bill just goes up with no explanation.

Recyclebank may or may not be a good idea; I’m not commenting on that. Forcing me to pay for a service I don’t want and didn’t sign up for is questionable at best, illegal at worst. If your bill has gone up, but you’ve not signed up for Recyclebank, you can call WC at (530) 626-4141 or (916) 985-1162 (option 1) and upon your request they will opt you out of this “option,” refund your money and reduce your monthly bill a bit more than it was pre-Recyclebank (apparently there’s a “fuel charge” added, but not itemized as well).

Next thing you know some publishing company is going to start sending me records I didn’t order and billing me until I opt out. Oh, wait a minute … that practice was made illegal in the ’70s.

Bill Jeppesen
El Dorado Hills

 

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Discussion | 1 comment

  • Pegy Di NoccoAugust 18, 2011 - 2:23 pm

    Thank you Bill Jeppesen. I had no idea this was an "opt out" feature. I called and asked that the billing for this be removed from my account. I got the same explanation, that the CSD board approved this billing for everyone--shame on them.

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