Item 4 - Sustainability Updates
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Sustainability employees seem to want to "do" something to justify their positions in this greatly reduced economy. Last year we had a ballot issue on City interference in our free-market trash hauling. Citizens said NO. Now it appears City staff are recommending that City Council achieve what the citizens didn't want, and call it Enhanced Licensing. All trash haulers, besides checking the box on various items, WOULD COMPEL CUSTOMERS TO PARTICIPATE IN SINGLE-STREAM RECYCLING by making that extra fee a mandatory part of service.
Single-stream recycling is the least-efficient mode of recycling, subject to contaminated loads that send the entire load to the landfill. We are no longer living in a thriving economy. It is becoming even more likely that markets will not be found for various waste streams like plastic. Sure, glass and aluminum are good recyclables. That's why the City should keep its Quail St. recycling center, where people who carefully sort and clean (as necessary) their materials bring them for efficient recycling.
Single-stream recycling becomes a farce when customers faithfully pitch recyclables into a big bin and the trash hauler charges them extra for "the attempt to recycle." But the trash hauler can't always find outlets for various types. (And it just takes a few fools tossing in garbage to contaminate the load.) Therefore people pay to recycle, the hauler pays for the stream to be sorted if the load is clean enough to attempt recycling, and large amounts of what is sorted are just sent to the landfill after all. Customers pay to feel virtuous and don't even know how much of what they've carefully saved gets recycled. Of course, the trash hauler gets his money regardless.
People have lost their jobs and businesses. Times will be lean for the foreseeable future as America tries to get the economy restarted. This is NOT the time to force residents to pay a fat fee for inefficient, often useless "recycling." If City Council wants to see blowback, just proceed to ignore the citizens' vote! This would be the most blatant betrayal of the people's will that Lakewood has seen in quite some time.04/12/2020 6:03 pm
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