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[GreenYes] Re: Getting Haulers to Recycle More

Interestingly enough we just had a meeting on this topic in Northern
Virginia today - specific to multifamily recycling. We had four of the big
haulers in the area on a panel. In short, they are reluctant to do
anything other than to provide the collection services. A least one seems
to be making an effort to provide outreach education information to their
customers...but then it just goes to the property managers and then
perhaps no further.

However, our new mandatory commercial recycling program requires haulers
to provide their commercial customers with information that essentially
will help calculate their recycling rate. To some extent I'm letting the
haulers off the hook because we will have a calculator built into our
reporting system that will kick out an estimate, but at least it makes the
haulers more beholden to providing us more accurate data for the aggregate
waste vs. recycling numbers they need to provide each year AND it provides
a feedback loop to their customers in terms of how much (or how little)
they are recycling.

If anyone would like to talk to me about this in more detail, I would be
happy to share info. Let's face it, there is no real incentive for haulers
to recycle they aren't going to go out of their way to help
educate folks except in the most cursory of ways.

Christine McCoy
Solid Waste Planner
City of Alexandria

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