City mulls recycling changes

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 02, 2011 7:20 AM

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City officials discussed a plan that would simplify the current recycling system at Monday night’s work session.

Iowa City currently asks people to sort recyclable items into six different categories. The new plan could simplify that to require citizens to only sort recyclables into two or three categories.

The move would allow the city to maintain revenue and hopefully increase recycling rates, which have been stagnant for the past five to six years, city officials said.

Iowa City has previously looked into single-stream recycling, but keeping a dual-stream or triple-stream system would be more efficient, city officials said.

City officials also noted that residents aren’t required to use city recycling bins, they may use any bin they want.

The city will continue looking into getting residents more involved in recycling, including those who live in apartments, officials said.

— by Emily Hoerner

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