53 registered statements
November 5, 2013, 6:19 PM
I think that all multi-family dwellings and businesses should be required to recycle. At this point, hauling services for mixed recyclables, green waste, and glass are available for every entity that produces waste in Salt Lake City and there is no excuse not to maximize the amount of waste that can be diverted from the landfill. A full scope of recycling makes our city look more environmentally friendly and progressive. Requiring multi-family dwellings and businesses to recycle is a long overdue step.
November 5, 2013, 5:49 PM
I support recycling 100%. I oppose all the bureaucracy - reports, fines for being a day! late, etc. I would also like to see some guarantee that fees won't be passed on to renters, many of whom are already struggling to pay rent. Businesses (except for very small ones) should be required to recycle. I also think we should have open and public bidding for the recycling contracts. And while you're at it, my "green waste" container won't even hold half the leaves from a .1 acre lot! What are we supposed to do with green waste if we have nowhere and no way to dispose of it? And can we PLEASE have curbside recycling for glass in SLC? I've lived in towns of 5,000 people and they managed it. Why can't we? If we can't manage residential recycling properly, maybe we're not ready to expand - although I still support the proposal with the above caveats.
November 5, 2013, 4:02 PM
I agree with this ordinance but would also recommend against mandatory reporting.
Mike Christensen outside Salt Lake City Council Districts
November 5, 2013, 3:14 PM
Are there examples of recycling programs actually working with multi-family housing? First of all, I support recycling unequivocally! I have lived in my townhome for over six years. During four of those six years, I served on the home-owners association board of our 92-unit complex. We have a total of four six-cubic-yard dumpsters for trash, which are emptied twice per week by a private refuse company. Being environmentally minded people, we decided as a board to try converting two of the four dumpsters to mixed-stream recycling. We tried as best as we could to spread the word in our community by distributing fliers door to door and making announcements in our newsletter. Unfortunately, most residents just kept dumping trash in the dumpsters designated for recycling. The refuse company eventually switched the two recycling dumpsters back to trash dumpsters. During the trial we were never able to produce a load of recycling that was uncontaminated-enough from trash to meet the requirements of the refuse company, so ever load of recycling actually went to the landfill!
Leslie Keating inside Council District 4
November 5, 2013, 2:34 PM
I'm shocked that there isn't already a requirement for businesses and multi-family units. Other than my shared concerns that adding an extra layer of bureaucracy by requiring an annual report may cause undo work. Although maybe if we required it for the first three years and phase it out after that time. This would allow tenants of both residential and commercial units to become accustomed to this service. Then if the landlord took it away at a future date their might be complaints.
Overall this has my strong support.
Lynn Schwarz inside Council District 7
November 5, 2013, 12:11 PM
I think this is an idea whose time has come. I was surprised that businesses and multi-family dwellings are not already required to do what residents have done for years.
Robert Argenbright inside Council District 6
November 5, 2013, 11:20 AM
I support this ordinance, although I do agree with the comment that the annual report is unnecessary and bureaucratic. I think this part of the recycling program will be easier to enforce than the residential part because customers, clients, and tenants will notice if everything is being tossed in the trash.
November 5, 2013, 10:54 AM
Salt Lake City should not be in the nanny business, why not enforce the current laws such as noise from motorcycles, loud car sound systems, stop signs and 25 MPH on 9th south and get the U of U game day parking off our residential streets. So who is the city trying to give a contract to? Whose relative is it? The city needs to get in the business of providing the services that cities provide and not thinking of ways to tax us further!
November 5, 2013, 10:38 AM
I support requiring businesses and multi-family units to recycle.
November 5, 2013, 10:33 AM
I support this ordinance except for this provision: "Submit, annually, a copy of recycling collection service agreement to the City." This creates unnecessary bureaucracy. Enforcement should be handled by complaint, not paperwork. The manpower and resources to support this part of the ordinance are an unnecessary expense.
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