53 registered statements
November 5, 2013, 10:25 AM
I know many residents of multifamily units who are frustrated that they can't recycle. They will welcome this ordinance even if it increases rents by a few dollars.
November 5, 2013, 9:59 AM
Salt Lake City Corporation has truly made recycling easier and convenient for all residents. There should be no reason why businesses and multi-tenant housing shouldn't be held accountable for their waste AND recycling. I fully support this ordinance.
November 5, 2013, 9:36 AM
Yes, I strongly support this.
November 5, 2013, 9:29 AM
Yes, yes, and yes. This is great from two different perspectives: city image and sustainability. First, if SLC wants to be viewed as a truly progressive city that cares about our natural resources (i.e., Portland, San Francisco, NYC, etc.) , we have to have a mandate like this. There will be a natural resistance from conservative small businesses and landlords, but those initial road bumps will soon be smoothed over. People that move to SLC are shocked that this isn't already in place. Secondly, this is necessary to reduce the ridiculous amount of waste we toss in our landfill and influence generations of recyclers to come. Please pass this ordinance.
Mary Richardson inside Council District 5
November 5, 2013, 9:07 AM
This is absolutely essential to require businesses and multi-family dwellings to recycle. These are the biggest producers of waste and the least likely to recycle unless they are required. Please approve this ordinance
Ross Chambless inside Council District 5
November 5, 2013, 8:42 AM
This proposed ordinance is very much needed! As someone who used to rent but had no recycling options, I also currently know many renters who currently have no residential recycling options because they live in apartment complexes that simply don't offer it. Requiring a recycling program won't pose a large burden for apartment owners and managers. And because so many city residents continue to live in apartments or condos, doing this should help the city to continue to significantly reduce its overall waste. However, it is important to make sure the educational components of this ordinance to residents is implemented effectively so that recycling contamination problems (mostly food waste getting mixed in) can be kept to a minimum.
ILAUNA GURR inside Council District 4
November 5, 2013, 8:35 AM
I'm all for this. We should have started long ago.
November 5, 2013, 8:25 AM
Great idea. I own a small business and do recycle as much as I can. It is possible to recycle for some small businesses thru the City . I have a blue can and pay $3 or $4 per month to have it picked up weekly. I think I can do this because I am in a mixed use area that has a regular residential pickup but probably couldn't if I wasn't so this ordinance is needed for the businesses/apartments that do not have this option or don't care. My only complaint about this Open City Hall topic is that as usual, they leave out some very important information concerning the recycling program. It is not just a feel good program. There is a very fiscally sound reason for doing it. One of the objects of the City's recycling program is to significantly extend the life of the landfill. The more we recycle the longer the landfill will last. Once the landfill is full, the next one will be incredibly expensive to procure and operate. It won't be in this valley hence it will be a really long way away (Tooele or Juab County if they allow it) and will require a huge amount of energy to transport refuse there. If this happens, maybe it could be an extension of TRAX to transport the thousands of tons of trash daily hundreds of miles away!
Jonathan Ramras inside Council District 4
November 5, 2013, 8:13 AM
The idea is great however based on discussion with some city sanitation employees there isn't adequate enforcement on current recycling endeavors so how will the city enforce the requirement. There will be added costs. Will this be self funded? We need to do it but recognize the effort.
Weston Clark inside Council District 3
November 5, 2013, 8:07 AM
I can't imagine any reason why we wouldn't require recycling from businesses and apartments. Before purchasing my home I lived in two apartment buildings and even though I wanted to recycle there were no facilities to do so and it made recycling prohibitively difficult. If businesses and apartments are going to make money in our city they should at minimum contribute to our sustainability efforts by recycling. Seems like a no brainer to me.
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