zimmerman details proposed curbside recycling program

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“Why is this so difficult?”

Since: Dec 09

timbuktu

#1 Jan 17, 2013
By Ryan Schmidt/KVOE News
Posted Jan. 17, 2013

City commissioners preliminarily approved a curbside recycling program for the city at their action meeting last night (W).

City Manager Matt Zimmerman said if approved, the program would provide service to all residential homes currently enrolled in the polycart program.

“That could be a single-family home, a low-density, multi-family home, two or three apartments, an old single-family home that has been split up,” Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman said the commission must hold a minimum of two public hearings. He said the commission may modify the plan , and may decide not to move forward with the plan, depending on what the public says.

Zimmerman said the city would have a second truck, specifically for recyclables. He said that truck would take the items to the recycling center, where they are bundled and taken to a materials recovery center, or MRF. He said the MRF will sell the recyclables, and the city would receive a cut of the money from the sale.

The funds for this program would come out of the city's solid waste fund. Zimmerman said large-family complexes, including nursing homes and apartment complexes, would not be affected by this plan.

Zimmerman said commissioners will set dates for the public meetings at their study session January 28.

“Why is this so difficult?”

Since: Dec 09

timbuktu

#2 Jan 17, 2013
If the money for this already exists as extra in the solid waste fund, I'd really like the price on that to drop and I will continue to take my recyclables to the MRF. If it's all the same to them. Of course, I'm not one to try to force others to recycle and I know that's what follows these programs....mandatory recycling. That's why a private business owner in town is handing her business over to the government....because she wants everyone to have to recycle, even if it means less capitalism and more government control.
If the money isn't already there, I really don't want them raising my already too-high bill. Really.

My 2 cents' worth.

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