Topic

recycling

47 petitions

Started 2 months ago

Petition to Houston City Council, Brenda Stardig, Jerry Davis, Ellen Cohen, Dwight Boykins, Dave Martin, Steve Le, Greg Travis, Karla Cisneros, Robert Gallegos, Mike Laster, Larry Green, Mike Knox, David Robinson, Michael Kubosh, Amanda Edwards, Jack Christie, Sylvester Turner

Cancel Houston’s Rigged Recycling Bid; Support the True Waste-Free Alternative

In 2015, EcoHub won an extensive 2-year international qualification and bid process to bring world leading waste-free™ One Bin technology to Houston to recycle 95% of the city-collected waste. EcoHub offered this service for less than the cost of putting the material in the landfill. Compared with the business-as-usual recycling, EcoHub would have saved Houston taxpayers $25 to $40 million per year, enough to pay the firefighters a competitive wage. EcoHub believes in a Waste-Free Houston, a Waste-Free America, and a Waste-Free World, where discarded materials are repurposed into consumer products and renewable energy, employing tens of thousands of local workers and generating billions of dollars of local economic activity. Unfortunately, Houston’s incoming Mayor Turner and his COO, Harry Hayes—for reasons that have yet to be revealed—chose not to take advantage of the economic and environmental benefits of EcoHub’s One Bin approach. Instead--as proven by the recently released emails by the City of Houston described in the video above--Turner and Hayes—against the recommendations of the City’s top development staff—created a rigged proposal to continue the failed recycling program EcoHub was designed to replace, while purposely excluding EcoHub’s guaranteed approach that recycles 7 to 9 times as much material for a price that’s at least 70% lower. It's time for a 21st century solution.

Rob Watson
584 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Mayor Beutler and Lincoln City Council Members

Double Lincoln's Recycling Rate by 2020 With Recycle Lincoln!

We can do better! Lincoln is becoming known across the country as the 21st century place to live, work, learn, play and more. Our City has a reputation as a smart community that places a high value on environmental sustainability, fiscal responsibility and growing the future. Unfortunately, one place where Lincoln can do significantly better is in recycling. What is Recycle Lincoln!? Recycle Lincoln! is a proposal by Mayor Chris Beutler.  The proposal is intended to increase recycling opportunities for citizens, expand the local economy, reduce the need for expensive landfill expansion, and grow a sustainable future for ourselves and our children. How would the Recycle Lincoln! proposal work?  To increase recycling rates, corrugated cardboard will be banned from the landfill in 2017. Newspaper will be banned in 2018 and mixed office paper in 2019. The City will launch a community based education program to promote how to recycle, where to recycle and what to recycle across the city.  All waste haulers will offer curbside recycling service to residents, apartments, and businesses. The 28 current public recycling drop off sites will be expanded for those who don’t want to subscribe to curb-side recycling services. What can I do to get involved? Sign this petition and share it as many friends and family members as you can via social media and email! Our hash tag is #recycLNK! Send support emails and letters to: the Mayor at Mayor@lincoln.ne.gov and to your City Council representative.  Thank you for your support to build a more sustainable community!

Recycle Lincoln!
1,718 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Martee Erichson

Support trash & recycling proposal to improve sustainability in Westminster, CO

The Westminster City Council is currently considering options to reduce trash going to the landfill by providing convenient and affordable curbside recycling and trash service to all residents under a citywide contract. By contracting on behalf of all residents (just as many HOAs do), the city can provide the best services at the lowest prices. This petition is to let the City Council know we support recycling and would like them to pursue this proposal, knowing that there are still details to be worked out and there will be more public input on the process.  Recycling and sustainability are important community values for Westminster. Residents have been asking the City to improve recycling for years and this is a proven solution that is working in communities around Colorado and the U.S. Here are some of the facts and reasons for the city’s efforts taken from the website, reports, and outside sources: Westminster lags in recycling We recycle only 11%, far below the national average of 34%. Yet more than 80% of residents support recycling according to the city’s 2016 survey. Less than half of Westminster residents recycle at the curb. We need to make recycling convenient and affordable for all residents. The city proposal will lower rates and provide better services. Residents are currently paying up to $43 per month for trash and recycling service. Under a new contract, rates start at just $10.35 per month for both trash and curbside recycling. Residents will have the option to add on new services like yard waste collection for a small monthly fee. Residents who produce less trash will be rewarded with lower rates. Those who produce more trash will pay more. This creates a strong financial incentive for residents to recycle. More than 70% of open house attendees support limiting the number of haulers in order to provide curbside recycling services. A city contract improves social equity. HOA neighborhoods are paying 47% less for trash and recycling services compared to non-HOA residents. This means lower-income neighborhoods are paying more for the same services, creating a large social inequity. Trash and recycling prices should be equitable for all residents, regardless of their neighborhood, just like other city utilities such as electric and sewer. A contract will save taxpayer money on costly street maintenance and repairs. Our current waste hauling system is inefficient—as many as six trucks drive up and down residential streets every day. This creates costly wear and tear on our roads from heavy trucks. Each trash truck is the equivalent of 1000-1400 vehicles per day in terms of road damage. Truck traffic also increases air pollution and poses safety concerns. This is a proven solution. HOA neighborhoods currently have lower prices, better services and fewer trucks on the road because they contract for services. Nine Front Range cities have achieved substantial savings for residents by moving to an organized system that includes providing recycling to all residents. This includes Commerce City, Dacono, Edgewater, Frederick, Golden, Lafayette, Lone Tree, Louisville, and Sheridan. The city has successfully contracted for other services that lower rates and provide better services for residents. For example, the city consolidated all the ambulance services into one city department. This is a common practice for cities with other utilities. Thanks! For more information, visit: http://www.ci.westminster.co.us/TrashandRecycling  You can also comment on: https://www.westyconnect.us/

Christine Gust
351 supporters