A local city council has recently approved a contract of $47,932 with MSW Consultants, LLC. MSW Consultants will be studying trash and recycling rates. This is a long overdue study; the last time a comprehensive study was completed in this area was in 1993. Headquartered in Florida, MSW Consultants has previously performed similar studies for Louisville Kentucky and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Implementing a New Trash and Recycling Plan
This newly updated study will be used for the city's Solid Waste Reduction, Diversion, and Recycling Master Plan. Currently, this city has a "Pay as You Throw" program for its residential customers, with three sizes of trash carts ranging from $9.68 to $20.98 a month. In addition to this, a residence is offered up to two free recycling bins. Apartment recycling services are offered at 97 cents a unit.
These rates have not been updated in the past 25 years, which may be holding back city-wide initiatives to continue managing trash and recycling systems. The recycling plan as a whole has the goal of diverting 40 percent of waste from the landfill by 2027.
Residential Support Strong for the New Plan
In 2015, 80 percent of residents showed support for the city's diversion program. Residents stated that their reasons for not recycling were that it was inconvenient (26 percent), they weren't sure which items were recyclable (21 percent), it took too much space (13 percent), and they didn't like to sort materials (13 percent).
Residents further stated that they would be more inclined to recycle if they had a larger recycle bin, if there was a rewards or incentives program, or if they didn't have to separate paper and containers. All of these may be included in further initiatives or may need to be studied further.
On the other hand, businesses noted that they often didn't recycle because the drop-offs were inconvenient and that they didn't have enough space. Businesses wanted free recycling containers, a recycling service included in basic waste collection fees, and a green business program.
A commonality was that both residences and businesses wanted the process of recycling to be easier and wanted some form of reward system for their participation. Including the fees associated with recycling into basic trash fees could potentially lead to higher levels of participation.
Recycling is an incredibly important part of our society. Through these new city-based initiatives, residential customers may see their rates for trash and recycling increasing, but these rates will go directly to improving the environment and reducing overall waste.
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