- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Lincoln residents have gathered to discuss a proposal that would ban paper products from the city landfill.

Residents discussed Mayor Chris Beutler’s recycling plan during a three-hour public hearing Monday night, the Lincoln Journal Star (https://bit.ly/2a4o3r6 ) reported

The plan would allow business and homeowners to either take their paper products to the city’s free recycling sites or hire curbside recycling services. They city would ban corrugated cardboard from the landfill beginning in April 2017, restrict newspapers in 2018 and forbid other paper products in 2019.

The plan got passionate support from dozens of residents who believe recycling is an important moral duty that’ll promote a more livable environment. But it received equally passionate opposition from business owners who said it’ll raise housing costs for poor people and create a nightmare for landlords.

Jon Carlson, a mayoral aide, described the proposal as the “next logical step” as it continues Lincoln’s system of allowing private businesses to provide all waste hauling services. Under the plan, waste haulers would be required to offer curbside recycling service themselves or by contracting with another company.

Kim Morrow, who works for Omaha-based sustainability company Verdis Group, said businesses often find that they save money, improve employee engagement and boost morale by recycling.

Coby Mach, CEO and president of the Lincoln Independent Business Association, said he has been frustrated with inconsistent answers to questions about what a landlord’s responsibility is under this proposed ordinance.

The council will vote on the proposed recycling ordinance Monday at the earliest.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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