On a much more
prosaic note than the recent high flying discussions about zero waste --- Are
there any studies/experience of communities that have solid waste
convenience centers for disposal, especially in rural areas that have shifted
from 'free' waste disposal to 'fee' waste disposal e.g. pay-by-the-bag or
by the pound/kG and how that change affected waste generation rates v.
recycling and/or how the change interacted w/ the use of subscription waste
haulers instead of self haul to the centers?
Our community has
about 20,000 households in the unincorporated areas and about 500,000 (yes half
a million) convenience center visits annually which we believe are predominantly
from those rual households as urban households have weekly 'free' waste,
recycling and brush collection at the curb -- granted that the
centers are full-service w/ recycling, C&D disposal, brush, motor oil,
filters, batteries, swap sheds, tires, electronics and bulky household
item disposal, but it's all 'free' i.e.paid for in the general fund.
alternatives to having a system of only that option v. laissez-faire waste
hauling where any hauler can pick you up; some have 5 haulers in their area, not
strawberry full moon.
Solid Waste Planner
Orange County Solid Waste Management
P.O. Box 17177
Chapel Hill, NC 27516-7177
(919) 968-2788 or direct: (919) 968-2800 x161
(919) 932-2900 fax
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