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Posted on: June 21, 2018

Recycling Center Reduction in Services

The Solid Waste Special Service District #1 has been operating the Recycling Center in largely the same way for the past eight years. During that time the volume of material processed has increased dramatically, prices paid for those commodities have drastically declined, shipping costs have increased while availability of shippers has decreased, and local labor availability has decreased. The net effect has been that providing recycling now costs significantly more than it has in the past, and the District can no longer continue to offer the same level of recycling as a free service. The District staff and board have been reviewing the Recycling Center operations over the past year to determine how to provide a sustainable level of recycling. In evaluating the costs and benefits of recycling, the District has used Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reductions as a metric for assessing the value of recycling individual commodities, and a cost per unit recycled/unit of GHG reduced ratio as a key measure of the District’s efficiency in delivering ecological benefit.  Based on the analysis the following changes must be made to maintain sustainability...

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