Too many questions about recycling plan remain
Regarding the single-stream recycling that will be discussed and possibly be voted on at the Feb. 21 City Council meeting: There are too many yet- unanswered questions to warrant approval of this major change in Fayetteville’s recycling system.
Why would the city of Fayetteville adopt the entire set of recommendations from the Kessler ( not to be confused with our precious mountain) consulting firm hired by the city? A Nov. 22, 2016, memo from Don Marr outlines his and the mayor’s concerns that complete adoption should not be done.
Not small among those concerns is the credibility of a recycling program that may be able to divert trash from our landfill but will not ultimately deliver on actually recycling those materials. If materials are collected but cannot be turned into something new, that is not recycling.
Will our so- called recyclables end up in someone else’s landfill because the materials were too contaminated to be reused? My understanding is that even with a state- ofthe-art facility, which we do not have and is not a likely multi-million dollar city project on the horizon, that we can expect a greater than 15 percent contamination rate with this proposed single stream. Our current rate of contamination is 3 percent. Materials that are contaminated cannot be sold for recycling. They will end up in our or someone else’s landfill.
There are some good recommendations in the Kessler report to the city for how we can keep more waste out of our landfill, such as ways to recycle food waste and building waste. Single stream, however, is not one of them.
GINNY MASULLO Fayetteville