Committee likes single-stream recycling idea
The environmental and franchise utilities committee will be seeking the full Fairfield City Council’s support Monday to negotiate a contract for single-stream recycling collection.
The committee met Wednesday to consider the latest proposals from Connelly Inc. — $2.15 per month for maintaining the current method of recycling collection — and Waste Management — $3.65 per month for single-stream recycling collection. Previous figures combined the contracts for trash and recycling; however, the contract for trash collection does not expire and cannot be negotiated at this time.
The committee felt the city’s best option is to “pay a little more now to pay a lot less later,” councilman Michael Halley explained. He said accepting a slightly higher price now to avoid the high costs associated with dumping in a landfill — eventually exhausting the landfill and having to construct another farther away — makes the most sense.
“Anything you can do to divert waste from the landfill saves money,” Halley said.
In addition to the long-term financial incentive, Halley said single-stream recycling fits with the Fairfield Go-Green Sustainability Plan.
Single-stream recycling, which does not require the separation of recyclables, has a record of increasing participation in recycling programs. Waste Management estimated the system will increase the pounds each home recycles by 41 percent each month. The company estimates 22 tons will be diverted from the Southeast Iowa Multi-County Solid Waste Agency Landfill monthly.
For the complete article, see the Friday, Aug. 6, 2010, printed edition of The Fairfield Ledger.