The cost of recycling programs for municipalities has increased substantially after China, the largest buyer of recycled materials, announced it was limiting imports due to environmental concerns. You can read more about the effect China’s new policy is having on the U.S. recycling market here and here.
As a result, the cost to renew Casa Grande’s recycling program is expected to increase by about $400,000, or a 30% increase to the City’s current recycling budget of approximately $1.3 million.
The cost of the recycling program is included as part of all residential garbage bills, however, only about 26% of Casa Grande residents participate in recycling.
The City Council and City management are considering two options:
- Pass along the higher costs which would result in an increase of $2.00 to $3.00 per month to all residential garbage bills;
- Suspend the recycling program which would result in a decrease of $2.00 to $3.00 per month to all residential garbage bills. Materials that were recycled previously would go into the city’s landfill.
We want to know what you think. Please click on the button below to take an online survey. The results of the survey will be made public and used by the City Council and City management in considering the future direction of the recycling program.
For more information, you can view a presentation made by Public Works Director Kevin Louis to the City Council on Channel 11 here. The PowerPoint of the presentation is here and a one-page summary of the presentation is here.
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