Public Works
2:52 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Ann Arbor Council Approves Solid Waste Plan Update

The Ann Arbor City Council has approved an amended update to the solid waste resource plan. City Council last night unanimously approved the plan after making a couple of amendments.  

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WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:

Andrew Cluley reports

Before approving the first update in the city's solid waste resource plan in over a decade, Ann Arbor City Council removed plans to study reducing the frequency of trash pick-up.The plan hopes to increase the diversion rate from single-family households from 50% to 60% and improve recycling rates overall in the city to 40% by 2017.
 

Solid Waste Coordinator, Tom McMurtrie said much of the effort to increase recycling centers on additional food composting were based on a study of trash collected last year. McMurtrie adds that later this fall they will likely bring to council a proposal for upgrades at the compost processing center to handle the additional food scraps. However, efforts to accept compostable material year round  will likely be more challenging due to cost. Originally they hoped to cover the higher costs by shifting to collecting trash every other week.