Texas – Austin – Mandatory Recycling Ordinance will make Austin look like Nancy Pelosi’s San Fran “sicko”



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This seems to be something that they are going to do by PROCLAMATION.

An ORDINANCE is the same thing as a PROCLAMATION.

I didn’t see anything on the voting ballot about this.

This city is using TAX payer dollars ILLEGALLY.

This ORDINANCE is like OBAMA’s policies.  They circumvent the STATES constitution.

Who voted FOR this?  This is being done with out the VOTE of the people


Here is the WEB SITE for the Austin Solid Waste Services:

Austin City Connection logo; link back to Austin City Connection home page


from the pdf —>City of Austin

Integrated Solid Waste Management

Master Plan

Workshop 1 – Preliminary Research Report

Tuesday, August 31st


Terms You Will Hear Tonight

• EPR – Extended Producer Responsibility, where producers of products take

responsibility for the end of life of their products

• HHW – Household Hazardous Waste, including batteries, oil and paint

• COG – Council of Governments, a regional planning agency

• ILA – InterLocal Agreement, an agreement signed between two or more

public agencies or private entities to undertake a common purpose

• ISWMMP – The City of Austin Integrated Solid Waste Management Master

Plan, the implementation plan for zero waste

• LC3 – Low-profit limited liability company, a new legal form of business

entity created to bridge the gap between non-profit and for profit investing

• MRF – Materials Recovery Facility for processing recyclables or mixed


• TxDOT – Texas Department of Transportation


This sounds more like they are gearing up to slam business and fine them for NOT being GREEN

These people are Fascists and Nazi’s.


City Hall Hustle: Waste Not, Want Not

Council considers closing loopholes in recycling code



Have they no sense of shame?!? 

Hot off the victory of their SUV-outlawing socialist transportation program, the central planners at City Hall have another exercise in fascism scheduled for this Thursday, Nov. 4: passage of a mandatory recycling program infringing on my constitutional right to strip-mine Planet America and pump as many crumpled PHB-infused water bottles into the garbage dump as my God and I are comfortable with.

Or something. The Hustle’s a little under the weather this week, so I’m going off nothing but talk radio and Statesman Web commenters here.

Of course, cooler heads might tell you that the two items City Council rules on this week – an ordinance amending the recycling code and a resolution directing the city manager to implement said code – close longstanding loopholes that have rendered the city’s zero-waste goals as imaginary as granny’s death panel. Despite the call to divert 90% of Austin’s waste stream from landfills by 2040, apartments and condos with fewer than 100 units have never been required to recycle, nor have commercial buildings such as offices, stores, bars, and restaurants. All told, according to city figures, out of the approximately 10,211 commercial and multifamily properties in Austin, a whopping 7% comply with the zero-waste ordinance’s recycling goals – a measure of government effectiveness that should make a tea partier proud.

The city is now proposing a two-tier implementation of recycling requirements: Beginning in October 2012, Phase 1 gradually implements recycling at residences and offices – some 4,600 buildings – targeting larger complexes first, until everyone is recycling by 2014. Or in other words, “First, they came for the multifamily residential properties consisting of more than 75 dwelling units and nonresidential premises that consist of 100,000 or more square feet, and I said nothing ….”

Phase 2 of the takeover targets the food and beverage industry – restaurants, caterers, and bars, which go through God only knows how much aluminum and glass nightly – as well as manufacturing and industrial facilities, an estimated 5,600 properties altogether. Discussion is still proceeding on this phase, with council suspected to return to it later this month, but it’s likely to include – gasp! – a composting requirement for restaurants.

“The goal is by 2015 to have most everyone participating in a recycling program,” says known Earth sympathizer and Solid Waste Advisory Commission Chair Gerry Acuña. “That’s the goal.”

Over the last 13 months, the goals have been hashed out among SWAC, itsRecycling Ordinance Reform Sub com mit tee, the Solid Waste Services department, and other stakeholders from whom one might have expected a slight bit more opposition – for example, the Building Owners and Managers Association. Acuña says the gradual implementation of the measures has been key to its being well received. “This is not at all too far a stretch – this is something that was well-thought-out, well-planned, and it’s not something we’re hopping into immediately.”

Still, as with any major policy shift – health care, anyone? – there are still unanswered questions. “When it comes down to the restaurants, they still have some questions,” Acuña says, noting that “there’s a little more to organic recycling [composting] than the traditional recycling.” Still, he says, “the city is allowing them to continue a dialogue we hope will lead to some answers that will eventually make the pilot program smooth,” and he points to successful composting programs in (Nancy Pelosi!) San Francisco. (Closer to home, San Antonio is also examining city composting.) That said, the resolution’s directive to City Manager Marc Ott to continue working with theAustin Apartment Association signals there still may be tension in the multifamily caucus.

Perhaps the biggest knot to be worked out is who exactly is going to haul the stuff away. For multifamily complexes with fewer than 26 units and smaller commercial buildings, the requirements won’t kick in until the city makes available its nearly ubiquitous single-stream-recycling blue bins, but most everyone else’s needs must be served by the private sector. (Hey, Grover Norquist’s gotta be pleased there, at least.) While it may be slightly onerous to contract with an accredited hauler, Acuña compares it to services for which bigger buildings already contract. “That’s how it works currently – you’ve got the city providing solid waste collection [to homes], and then you have the private hauling companies that provide all the garbage and recycling services for private commercial establishments.”



Austin City Council passes recycling ordinance


Posted on November 4, 2010 at 5:14 PM


Some Austin businesses that have not been required to recycle before will soon be changing their ways.

The Austin City Council passed a new ordinance Thursday morning, an ordinance that the council hopes will bring Austin closer to a zero waste city.

For those living in a house, recycling is a quick walk outside. For those living in apartments, it’s not that easy. Right now, only apartment complexes with more than 100 units and businesses with more than 100 employees are required to have recycling programs.

“It’s been a problem for us to try and find recycling.”

That is about to change. The new ordinance makes it mandatory for condos, apartments, and office buildings to offer recycling regardless how many people live and work there. It will take two years to implement the new rules.

Bob Gedert, the director of Solid Waste Services, Austin said, “It’s a phase in an approach based on the size of the property. The concept is we need that two-year ramp-up time to get proper tenant education out there.”

<Seems to me that this is more about CREATING fictitious jobs that no one WANTS.  The programs don’t even work.  Just like global warming these people are hyping things up to create jobs out of “GARBAGE”.  This is just another Fascistic TAKE OVER .  How is California doing with all these programs anyway?  Is their economy good?  Last I looked they were taking a NOSE DIVE.>


It is not clear how much the expanded recycling effort will cost, or how it will be paid for. The Solid Waste Services Department estimates it will spend more than $500,000 carrying out the new rules, providing technical assistance, sinage and a public education program. Roughly 300,000 will be for hiring four staffers to enforce the ordinace.

Despite the cost, some Austin residents think it is money well spent.

“You need to start somewhere. It’s alot of money, but in the long run, I use gas to take my glass to the optional recycling center,” said Shan Rutherford.

It is a move to making Austin a step closer to a zero waste city.

“Especailly, it feels very Austin-ish to do this; to put it on the map, kind of leading the way. So it think it’s great,” Renee Bonneau said.

The new rules do not affect restaurants or retailers.  Solid waste services expects to roll out a second phase and come back to council by summer.



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