Alameda County, Calif., considers mandatory recycling
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Dec. 5 — Under a proposed mandatory composting plan in Alameda County, Calif., residents, businesses and haulers could be fined up to $ 1,000 for throwing recyclables and food scraps in the trash instead of recycle and compost bins.
The proposal, being considered by the Alameda County Waste Management Authority, would cover all 17 county jurisdictions’ 1.5 million residents and has the potential to divert as much as 700,000 tons of paper, bottles, other recyclables and compostables from area landfills, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
The goal of the program, which would be rolled out in two phases, is to divert 90% of waste from landfills by 2020. The newspaper says the county now diverts 69% of its waste.
There have been critics of the proposed program, the newspaper said, including opposition to the ôone-size-fits-allö approach. Other say that more greenhouse gas emissions would be a financial burden on facility operators due to the purchase of emissions offsets and technology.
The waste management authority will take up the issue, along with discussions of a plastic bag ban, during its Dec. 8 and Dec. 14 trustee meetings.
Contact Waste & Recycling News reporter Shawn Wright at [email protected] or 313-446-0346.
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