Fayetteville officials continue to seek input on recycling

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City officials will continue their efforts to develop a plan to expand Fayetteville’s recycling program this week.

Residents are invited to participate in an input session from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the Fayetteville Public Library.

During the session, department leaders will accept ideas from the public for possible inclusion in a master plan that will develop short, mid and long-term goals and objectives for guiding future operations and programs in dealing with Fayetteville’s waste stream.

“Fayetteville would ultimately like to increase recycling capacity, and public input is crucial to understanding how to do this,” said John Coleman, the city’s sustainability and strategic planning director.

Input began earlier this year with an online survey which asked a series of waste-related questions including one that gauged public interest in a weekly food scrap pickup service.

Coleman said EPA data suggests food scraps make up about 14 percent of a city’s waste stream.

“If the City were to develop a collection method for food, it would be a long-term goal at best, but there are things happening in the private sector that might open up opportunities,” he wrote in a followup comment on the Flyer.

Before making any decisions, however, Coleman said he wants to first understand the desires of the community.

For information, you can contact Coleman at 479-575-8272.

Community input session on recycling

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Fayetteville Public Library, 401 W. Mountain St.