Some concerns expressed by other members of the council include:
• I don’t want to be told I have to do something (mandatory, all or nothing program)
• The $3.75 may be financially burdensome on some residents on a fixed income
• Let’s wait and see if the economy improves
• I am not interested
Those are valid concerns and a resident at the meeting suggested an “adopt a can” program whereas residents could help those in need
with the monthly fee.
It was also suggested that we could have an “opt out” program where residents were given a certain date in which they could opt out if they chose not to participate. Alternatively, an “opt in” program was suggested.
According to the Standard Examiner, “No municipality in the state has successfully enacted an opt-out recycling program, but Centerville officials feel there is enough support in their community that they can make it happen.”
“Farmington officials also considered an opt-in program, which requires residents to sign up for the service.
Harbertson admits that option would probably take too long to implement to be successful or financially viable.”Here is a link to the complete article
During last nights meeting, resident Jenny Harris was extremely passionate about recycling and is considering going door to door to seek input from residents and neighbors and to see who would sign up for such a program. One of the council members stated that if she could get enough support then he would consider changing his mind.
Jenny could certainly use your help, so if you share a passion for recycling or would like to get the program revived:
• Contact Jenny and offer your assistance in going door to door to seek input from your neighbors
• Contact your town council members and let them know if you support or oppose the proposed program
• Brainstorm to help find alternative solutions to the concerns of Council Members and residents who may be opposed to the concept of recycling
Thanks again for taking the time to provide input.