“The plan proposes what I would argue are likely to be quite inefficient systems [that] reflect a flawed understanding of how a recycling system should be designed,” he said. “We have to keep it simple.” Miller believes the best way to increase recycling is to charge people for the amount of garbage they throw out, creating an incentive to reduce the amount of waste they produce by, for example, recycling more.”What is also apparent is that city discussion of how the Hugo Neu facility makes the mayor’s recycling plan a breakthrough is plainly foolish. The more efficient processing of recyclables doesn’t enhance the feasibility or efficiency of collection.
The Gazette only mentions commercial waste in passing. The Council is looking to enforce a recycling policy on businesses while the mayor simply ignores the sector entirely. Yet this is the waste that the waterfront neighborhoods are up in arms about. We have been hearing rumbles that the Council is ready to implement a pilot program for commercial waste disposers. We’ll keep you updated on this.