The Normal, Ill., City Council is currently considering a 20-year solid waste plan, the same plan recently approved by the McLean County board. As part of its deliberation, the City Council is considering including recycling mandates in its approval.
Similar mandates proved controversial on the county level, and the county board eventually moved forward without them in the final version of the solid waste plan. The Normal City Council would pass two ordinances alongside the solid waste plan in order to enact the recycling mandates. One would require recycling of construction and demolition waste, and the other would force landlords to offer recycling services to tenants at multifamily facilities.
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The council could approve the plan when it meets Monday, then pass two related ordinances next month: one requiring recycling of construction and demolition waste, and a second making landlords offer recycling services to renters at multifamily facilities, said Normal City Manager Mark Peterson.
Officials are considering how to increase the county's recycling rate, which has stalled around 40 percent, as the McLean County Landfill reaches capacity and prepares to close. That will make trash more expensive because it needs to be hauled to other nearby landfills, including one at Pontiac.
"There's about a 4.5 percent recovery rate on (commercial and demolition) waste ... and it makes up 28 percent of landfilled material, so eliminating or reducing that would be a major impact," said Peterson. "We recycle the bulky waste we collect as a town, but private individuals don't have to. This would require they also recycle that material."