Best continue to be vigilant on this issue. I was passed along this story from the Davis County Clipper. The article is titled: “Curbside recycling issue is still alive in Bountiful”. Unfortunately the article isn’t available on the web.
The good news is that 56% of people who bothered turning in an opinion to recycling were opposed. This is somewhat shocking to me as these types of ‘voluntary’ surveys tend to favor proponents. Either word got out or there is a large proportion of the population opposed to such a mandate.
Those who voted for implementing the mandatory recycling program tended to be residents who already recycled and were hoping that curbside recycling would offer them more convenience.
As usual this ain’t over yet. The city council is still going to pursue finding a way to please everyone. They are bantering about a voluntary program (one which, apparently, failed in the past). They also noted that the city is trying to provide recycle bins for residents.
Whatever the case, I don’t have much quarell if they do something voluntary where no one else pays but those using such a program. However, it would be preferable if proponents would go to the recycling companies and work out a mutual agreement. The fact that such a voluntary program would fall under government control would always bring with it the specter of simply expanding an existing program (back to a mandate) by council vote in a single meeting.
Finally, it will be worth watching for how, specifically, the council will seek to please everyone. Hopefully it won’t come at a cost to all.