The Republican majority of the Lincoln, Neb., City Council has approved a watered-down version of Mayor Chris Beutler's proposed recycling ordinance, which does not include the proposed ban on cardboard or paper.

The ordinance does, however, maintain the requirement that waste haulers offer curbside recycling and provide the city with information on the number of customers and the amount of material that is diverted from landfill.

According to Assistant Director of Public Works and Utilities Donna Garden, Lincoln will likely lose two recycling grants from the state since the new ordinance does not include the ban.

Lincoln Star Journal has more information:

The Republican majority of the City Council passed a watered-down version of Mayor Chris Beutler's proposed recycling ordinance Monday.

It retains a requirement that waste haulers offer curbside recycling but eliminates the landfill ban on cardboard and paper that supporters say is crucial to increase the recycling rate.

“Emasculate, eviscerate,” were the words Councilwoman Jane Raybould, a Democrat, used to describe the successful Republican version of the recycling ordinance.

But Councilman Trent Fellers, a Republican and author of the recycling ordinance without the ban, said his proposal “moves the city forward in recycling.”

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