I don't agree that bans and collection
mandates necessarily lead to the same outcome...here in North Carolina, we have
several banned items, but voluntary provision of recycling services by local
communities, and voluntary citizen participation. Those municipalities
that don't provide service, or that provide inferior programs have a majority of
the banned items still going to landfill. Even in
Mecklenburg County, which has [had] been an early leader in recycling
and education programs, more materials, including banned ones like aluminum
cans, go to the landfill than the MRF. If there were some [any]
enforcement of the bans, this may have the desired effect of directing the
materials to a recycling stream...or to a roadside dump, depending on the
incentives given to the generators.
So, the combination of bans and
voluntary programs is not optimizing recycling here. I'm not sure that
mandates would necessarily change this, without also a framework for a better
focus on economic and intrinsic incentives to generators. The financial
incentives don't necessarily need to be PAYT-type rewards/penalties, or
RecycleBank coupons; they could also be product/packaging costs which reflect
I am interested in the dualism of "mandatory recycling" and "disposal
bans" which lead to the same outcome. Does anyone have experience that compares
the effectiveness of the two approaches?
AM 6/21/2007, Reindl, John wrote:
This is great news ! Wisconsin has
had mandatory recycling in place since the early 1990's and, while not
perfect, it has worked very well. Without mandatory recycling, I doubt that we
would have the economies of scale for either collection, processing, or
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- Subject: [GreenYes] Recycling to be mandatory? Compromise bill may
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- Published: Jun 19, 2007 - 11:19:49 pm EDT
- Recycling to be mandatory? Compromise bill may be voted on soon in
- By Drew Volturo, Delaware State News
- DOVER -- Lawmakers pushing two separate curbside residential recycling
bills have reached a compromise on legislation that would be mandatory and
charge a $3 per ton assessment on solid waste.
- The measure, a combination of two bills that had their supporters and
detractors, was being shopped around Legislative Hall Tuesday and could find
its way to the House of Representatives floor for a vote soon.
- "We have been doing voluntary recycling for several years and can't get
much above 15 percent (participation among residents)," said Rep. Pamela S.
Maier, R-Newark, who is sponsoring the compromise legislation.
- "I don't want folks to be afraid of the word 'mandatory,' which always
raises red flags."
- Rep. Maier originally sponsored a bill that would mandate curbside
residential recycling, while Gov. Ruth Ann Minner backed legislation calling
for voluntary recycling and setting up a $3 per ton assessment.
- The compromise measure incorporates many of the tenets of the
Minner-backed legislation, including the assessment, which would create a
fund to help with startup costs associated with recycling programs, and the
establishment of recycling goals.
- Secretary of Natural Resources and Environmental Control John A. Hughes
said his department could live with the mandatory recycling bill, but he
prefers the original voluntary measure because it would be more palatable to
legislators and residents.
- "We agree with getting recycling started, planting the seeds," Mr.
- "We will reach the point when the majority of people see how well
recycling functions and the costs are balanced out by large-scale
- Then, Mr. Hughes said, adopting a mandatory system would be less
- He noted that his hometown of Rehoboth Beach has implemented voluntary
curbside recycling through Delaware Solid Waste Authority and many of his
neighbors already have signed up for the program.
- Mr. Hughes said he is concerned that mandatory recycling might not pass,
and the voluntary proposal might end up on the cutting room floor as
- Clean Air Council community outreach director James Black said he would
have preferred a mandatory recycling bill without the assessment, which is
estimated to cost the average household 38 cents a month.
- "Mandatory recycling is not as much of a problem as it used to be
because people realize to reach the goals we set, it has to be mandatory,"
Mr. Black said.
- "It's better to have a compromise bill now because every year we wait,
the trash in the landfills is going to pile that much higher."
- But Delaware Solid Waste Authority CEO Pasquale "Pat" Canzano said not
establishing the assessment while requiring recycling creates an unfunded
mandate, which often is difficult to meet.
- "(The bill) provides the ability for public and private entities to
apply for grants for recycling programs, which should increase the amount of
recycling," Mr. Canzano said.
- Under the legislation, a recycling fund would be established and
financed by a $3 per ton assessment on all solid waste -- excluding
recyclables -- collected and/or disposed of in Delaware.
- That money, Deputy DNREC Secretary David Small said, would be available
to private companies, municipalities and community organizations as startup
funds for recycling programs and could be used to purchase equipment, such
as a truck or recycling containers.
- Once a local government reaches a recycling rate of 30 percent, it would
not be assessed the $3 a ton surcharge.
- "At some point, around 30-40 percent recycling, towns would be saving
enough in tipping and disposal fees to cover recycling costs," Mr. Small
- But how would the mandatory component of the legislation be
- Rep. Robert J. Valihura Jr., R-Wilmington, a sponsor of the original
voluntary recycling bill and co-sponsor of the compromise measure, said
there are mechanisms in place to ensure the program's success.
- Refuse brought to a landfill already is inspected for contraband,
asbestos and other contaminants. If trash haulers start bringing in refuse
with too many recyclables, the landfills would reject the loads and could
fine the haulers, Rep. Valihura said.
- DSWA and DNREC, he said, would develop the exact process.
- The measure carries the goal of increasing Delaware's recycling from 15
percent to 30 percent recycling by 2010 and 51 percent by 2015.
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