Most Hesperians may soon be spending less on trash pick-up, depending on just how much trash they generate. However, commercial customers could see their trash bills rise by 10.7 percent under an agreement up for a vote tonight.


The Hesperia City Council tonight will begin the process of a major overhaul of the franchise agreement with Advance Disposal, which holds the exclusive contract for trash pick-up in the city.


The current agreement, which was signed in April 2000, has to be brought up to date with 11 years of state environmental regulations, including a new target for the city to recycle 75 percent of its waste by 2020.


Advance Disposal will also seek an adjustment of its fee structure. A consulting firm hired by the city in 2007 found that Advance Disposal had a lower-than-industry-average profit margin.


Today, the council will discuss a proposed new franchise agreement. They will also open a 45-day comment period for residents and property owners.


City staff is recommending the council approve a new agreement that will eliminate unlimited residential trash pick-up in favor of a plan that charges by the number of 95-gallon trash bins picked up.


Under this plan, residential customers using two bins would pay $23.65 a month 68 cents less a month than they do now but would have to pay an additional $3 for every bin beyond the basic two. Residents who need less trash pick-up could opt for a one-bin plan that would cost them $22.48 a month. Currently, 47 percent of residents use one or two 95-gallon bins.


The City Council Advisory Committee has a different recommendation, preferring that the city continue unlimited trash pick-up, but that a low-volume option would be also be added for residents who need less trash picked up. Rates would rise 53 cents to $24.86. A one-bin plan would also be available, for $23.42.


In contrast, commercial customers who produce 60 percent of the city's trash will end up paying 10.7 percent more for service.


City staff estimates that, should the new agreement be approved as presented, Advance Disposal will see about a 20 percent increase in revenue related to their franchise with the city of Hesperia.


The company also plans on future rate hikes to help fund construction of an expanded recycling facility.


The current franchise agreement ends on April 20, 2015. If approved, and work on the expanded recycling facility begins before then, the new agreement will extend that franchise until April 20, 2035.


The next regular meeting of the Hesperia City Council will take place at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Hesperia City Hall, 9700 Seventh Ave.