I distributed the following document in response to the City of Helena Staff plastics recycling proposal at the start of this year. Of note is the idea of having the recycling area arranged so one recycling multiple items does not need to move their vehicle. The proposed configuration would also allow for a basic shelter to protect those recycling and staff assisting with recycling from weather. Unfortunately, the recent "Operational Efficiency Study of Solid Waste," does not focus on improving recycling.
The report does recommend eliminating recycling programs, including the composting operation, the recently established plastics program based on "City" estimates of costs, and the City's once a month curbside program. The report is on the agenda for the upcoming City/County meeting to be held this coming Thursday, October 2nd, at 3pm in room 326 at the City County Building on 316 Park.
This post includes a summary of additional material regarding recycling in Helena over the last year.
- Matt E