Reduce, reuse, recycle and revise…..the four ‘R’s of working on a recycling program in a rural community. The City of Cordova attempted a large scale residential recycling pick up program and unfortunately net outcomes showed we weren’t reaping the results we predicted. Time to revise and revamp.
The goals of Cordova’s recycling program were and always have been:
- To reduce the waste stream into the landfill. More space in the landfill makes for a longer life for our current landfill saving closing costs and the expense of beginning to look for a new site.
- To maintain a feasible, cost-effective program for recycling that makes sense economically and is a workable plan for the Refuse Division.
- To generate revenue from a recycling program to help keep Refuse rates down.
- To become more of an environmentally responsible community and ‘do the right thing!’