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Best Practices in Recycling (See endnote 14)

  • • Local governments should establish mandatory recycling programs utilizing appropriate enforcement procedures when people, businesses, or industries do not participate and reduce their solid waste stream for disposal. Goals should be set for each category of solid waste and results should be measured periodically.
  • • Laws should be passed to enforce the recycling program, and funds should be provided for adequate numbers of trained people to oversee the programs and utilize appropriate public education techniques to encourage voluntary participation and only use enforcement when necessary.
  • • Variable rates should be charged to the citizens for the amount of solid waste and garbage that they produce. There should be no charge for recycling collections.
  • • Since commercial waste typically makes up 50% of the urban community waste, a variable rate fee should also be charged for this solid waste stream with free removal of recyclables.
  • • Special fees should be applied to the removal of construction and demolition waste to landfills. Once again, quantity and type of material is of greatest significance and reuse of the materials can save the contractor considerable sums of money. These might include carpets, ceiling tiles, ceramic tiles, recycled exterior paint, building insulation, salvaged materials such as copper wire or pipes, wood, bricks, and concrete that can be used as a filler. Obviously, all hazardous wastes will be banned from landfills or the typical municipal incinerators.
  • • Institute a ban on styrofoam use by restaurants and use products which are biodegradable or can be recycled.
  • • Dispose of significant amounts of grass, plant debris, trees, bushes, leaves, etc. by turning them into mulch or composting. Do not allow them to be placed into the landfills.
  • • Establish in the school systems, programs teaching the value of recycling and the use of green constituents in all aspects of life.
  • • Establish special facilities for the collection, storage, and disposal of household hazardous waste which can be brought by citizens to the units, and there will be no charge for the disposal.
  • • Establish a recycling unit for used motor oil without charge to the citizens.
  • • Donate all usable clothing, small appliances, surplus items, and other usable things to the Goodwill stores, Salvation Army, and other charities.
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