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LR plans to expand recycling to apartment complexes

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This article was published February 19, 2014 at 10:39 a.m.

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola has put forth a plan to extend the city's single-stream recycling program to multi-family housing complexes of 100 units or more, the city said Wednesday.

The proposed ordinance would go into effect July 1, the city said in a statement. Complexes containing 100 or more units make up about 83 percent of all multi-family housing in Little Rock, or 19,485 units total, the city said.

The city rolled out its single-stream recycling program in April 2012 and has seen participation and tonnage of recyclables collected nearly double, according to city officials.

“Offering residents of multi-family housing units the same recycling opportunity as other residents is important for the future,” Stodola said in the statement. “This plan will significantly expand the City’s recycling program without adding a dime in additional fees to our residential customers.”

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Jfish says... February 19, 2014 at 11:27 a.m.

This is good news. I am curious, are private businesses offered any type of recycling options? I know a couple of years ago there were some complaints about the amount of beverage containers going into the garbage from the River Market.

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eharrison says... February 19, 2014 at noon

That still doesn't help folks in apartment complexes of less than 100 people. When the recycling drop-offs go away later this year, there will be no system in place for these residents to recycle. Unless they drive by a bigger complex in the dead of night and throw their stuff into the recycling bin there.

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phantagrae says... February 19, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

I'm also wondering about smaller complexes. I have lived in a 27-unit building for the past 12 years and we have no recycling options. The smaller buildings next to us, which have maybe 3 to 4 units each, have a couple of recycle-type bins per building that they use, but all we have is a dumpster. The one thing I can do is put my aluminum cans in bags and set them by the dumpster for the folks who regularly come by looking for cans. It may not be the best solution, but at least someone can make a few cents taking them to be recycled. But it kills me to throw out glass and cardboard and plastic that could be recycled if we just had a bin of some sort.
I don't understand the problem with offering recycling to in-between buildings like ours.

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WowReally says... February 19, 2014 at 12:41 p.m.

If you people want to recycle, but have no bin to recycle in, figure out a way to do it yourself. Go out and get some sort of container that you can fill up. Then, when it is full, cart it off yourself to one of the public recycling facilities for disposition. Quit expecting the city to come up to your door and do it for you. Put forth a little effort if you are worried about not being able to recycle.

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LokelYokel says... June 3, 2014 at 1:13 p.m.

Well, WowReally - I think I speak for most of us apartment dwellers when I say that we’re not lazy and we’re just as interested in recycling as are homeowners - perhaps even more so, because we have less space to store recycling (and trash, for that matter). The problem with the city’s half-measure is that all of the recycling drop-off centers will be closing on June 30th, leaving those of who live in smaller apartment complexes (and there are a lot of us) without any recycling options.

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