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Join Us at a Public Open House for Two Recycling Initiatives 11/8/12

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24 October 2012 -- (Fort Collins, CO) – With interest growing from many portions of the community about taming Fort Collins’ waste stream, the City Council has asked staff to explore two innovative waste reduction approaches. One is the idea of incentivizing and/or requiring the local community to recycle more of the cardboard that is thrown away daily in large quantities, despite this common material’s value, marketability, and well-established collection systems. The second area of discussion concerns the ubiquitous grocery bags that seem to be so freely handed out by retailers, and routinely discarded after a single use.

The public is encouraged to weigh in, and a variety of options are available to convey citizen opinions. An Open House is scheduled for Thursday, November 8 from 4:30 – 7:00 pm in the Community Room of the City office building located at 215 N. Mason. Please join us at the Open House. In addition, on-line comments may be submitted on the City’s website at two unique pages:, and Additional information is also available at these sites.

At the Open House, citizens will learn more about:
• the municipality’s interests in stemming the tide of landfill-bound waste
• community goals to divert 50% of our trash from landfill disposal
• the two new recycling strategies with the potential to divert large quantities of cardboard into the recycling stream, and to dramatically shift shoppers toward using durable bags to hold their grocery purchases.

At the Council’s work session on November 27, 2012, staff will present information about both issues - cardboard recycling, and, limitations on single-use shopping bags. Comments and input from the community are being sought before November 16, 2012, for inclusion in the staff report.

At the Open House, City staff will be on hand to discuss the two initiatives for cardboard and disposable shopping bags, and to welcome comments about which types of approaches citizens feel would work best for cardboard and disposable bags. Light refreshments will be available.

Questions about the November Open House may be addressed to Susie Gordon in the Fort Collins Environmental Services Department via email at c2dvcmRvbkBmY2dvdi5jb20=, or by phone at (970) 221-6265.