53 registered statements
November 20, 2013, 9:36 PM
Every apartment complex and every business in SLC should provide recycling facilities.
Eric Hamren outside Salt Lake City Council Districts
November 20, 2013, 6:39 PM
I fully support this. I think recycling should be required city wide!!! The complex I live in has over 20 units and no recycling. It drives me nuts! I have to lug all of my recycling to work and save all of our glass to take it across town. I also think there needs to be a transition period so the city can cope with a substantial increase in pickups and routes. ie: require apts and businesses to have recycling by the end of 2014 or 2015. Better chance of them signing on in waves instead of all at once.
November 20, 2013, 6:01 PM
Yes! I hope this includes government offices. I work at the Capitol and they do plain paper recycling but you are not allowed to add in cardboard, etc. why on earth does a government building not recycle? Also... The cafeteria has a dish room and opts to not use it and puts everything in styrofoam, even for the many of us on site that could use regular dishes. Absurd!!! Make them act responsibly, please!!!!!
November 20, 2013, 4:16 PM
YES! I support this proposed ordinance. Let's get this going and reach that 50% goal for 2015!
Rex Strother inside Council District 6
November 20, 2013, 9:27 AM
It only makes sense to collect recycling at points where greater amounts of waste are being generated. I work at One Utah Center and the only recycling available is what we do ourselves - by lugging the recycling home. The idea that a 25-floor building which generates quite literally tons of easily recyclable plastic, aluminum, paper and cardboard waste that is all simply dumped into a single trash compactor and hauled to the landfill .... is in this age, ridiculous. And let's not even mention all the CFL bulbs tossed into the trash by the maintenance staff, etc. (kidding, obviously let's totally mention it).
I can't speak out on reporting requirements, as I'd say we begin with making sure we provide the bins and that recycling is in everyone's mind. To that end - perhaps better reporting by the City on the successful transmutation of our recycling efforts NOW. How many tons of each product are being recycled from our existing bins - where did it go - how did it do the world some good (aside from not filling up a landfill). I'd like to see some positive news - regularly - about our recycling efforts.
I personally take all the plastic and pressboard trash home from the 5 floors of our law firm, and fill two 90 gallon bins at home each week. Someone else takes the aluminum cans once a week, and our firm uses our van to haul cardboard to Metro Recycling. That's the effort at our law firm. We also save up e-waste (which we used to simply toss out) and now delivery hundreds of pounds each quarter to Metech Recycling.
Mark Maxfield inside Council District 4
November 20, 2013, 7:45 AM
We have a 31 unit property near the UofU and have provided two city blue containers adjacent to a smaller dumpster since we acquired the property. We also have several smaller rental units (all with brown and blue recycling bins). We explain our recycling policy to each tenant as they sign the lease and most comply with this. I do not welcome additional fees or costly resources being spent to force others to comply but would recommend the "carrot approach" similar to the "good landlord program" by providing a reduced cost incentive for those willing to comply. If landlords and/or property owners were given a more economical options that would reduce their waste costs by willingly screening their waste, I believe most would willingly comply.
November 17, 2013, 10:05 AM
I support this proposal but also express concern about annual filing of recycling agreement. Is this an unnecessary bureaucratic burden for small businesses and landlords? I think we need to be doing everything we possibly can to encourage a reduction in commercial and residential waste. Thanks for the opportunity to give feedback.
November 12, 2013, 11:17 AM
Yes. Recycling should be a requirement. There should be fewer barriers to recycling then trash disposal. Both are necessary, but recycling should be incentivized over trash collection.
November 6, 2013, 5:39 PM
I fully support this plan! I agree with the City's proposal that proof of compliance should be required every year. Furthermore, I strongly feel that tenants (as well as single-family home dwellers) should be held financially accountable for their non-recycling actions and/or recycling contamination. Apathy or ignorance are not valid reasons for tenants to put an undue burden on property owners or recycling companies. This program, however, needs to be affordable so we don't see an unrealistic rent increase for low-income people. How can the city prevent landlords from 'padding' the rents for this? Should this be charged as a separate fee with a city mandated cap on costs to the renter?
November 6, 2013, 5:23 PM
I fully support this proposal except as others have noted, the requirement to submit paperwork each year should not be included. I live in a 37 unit condo complex and we have been recycling for years ... and we added glass recycling over a year ago. Most everyone cooperates (there will always be those that just don't get it) and no one complained about the extra cost.
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