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Councilors nix single-stream recycling

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 30, 2010 7:20 AM

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At Monday night's work session, Iowa City City Councilors decided against moving to single-stream recycling.

City officials had advised against the option — in which residents no longer have to sort their items for recycling — because of money and waste.

They agreed the next moves to improve recycling in Iowa City are to promote education on the topic and find ways to get recycling into apartments larger than four units.

Forty-five percent of Iowa City's households reside in multifamily homes without recycling, according to a letter sent to the council by Jen Jordan, the city recycling coordinator.

Currently, 14,800 Iowa City residents have curbside pickup, and 65 percent of those regularly recycle, according to the letter.

—by Alicia Kramme


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