City plans to require recycling at apartments, offices

Photo by Danny Fulgencio

The City of Dallas is far behind the curve when it comes to recycling, even by its own standards.

Only about 20 percent of our waste goes to the city’s recycling center, a number that has remained stagnant since at least 2013, when the city set a goal of recycling 40 percent of our waste by 2020.

Even though the city set that goal, it allowed recycling for apartments and the commercial sector to be voluntary. But that could change soon.

A City Council committee on Monday decided to go forward with an ordinance that would require apartments and office buildings to offer recycling bins.

As much as 55 percent of the city’s population lives in multifamily properties. Residents of apartments, townhomes and condos create about 25 percent of the city’s rubbish. The commercial sector, including offices, restaurants and the construction industry, send the most waste to the McCommas Bluff Landfill, which could have as few as 35 years left at the rate it’s filling up.

“I hate being behind Austin on everything,” Councilman Mark Clayton said. “We say we can’t do it, and then they do and they’re still thriving.”

Apartment owners say the requirement could be difficult for some because the space for recycling bins and dumpsters isn’t available. Also, the cost of recycling would be passed onto residents.

The full City Council could take up a recycling ordinance in the next few months.

By |2018-03-27T21:03:17-05:00January 23rd, 2018|City Hall, News|3 Comments

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  1. GeneP54 January 26, 2018 at 9:58 PM

    Feel free to move back to Austin.

    We really don’t HAVE to be like everyone else. If we had some creativity (or councilmen/women who would listen to the people on ANYTHING), we might be the place that other cities would say, ‘why aren’t we like Dallas?’.

  2. Barbara Macleod January 25, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    Sorry – but how much easier can it be?
    -The city delivers a bin
    – picks up at your home
    – you don’t have to sort recyclables (used to have to do this!)
    Here’s a helpful link if you are wondering what you can throw into your blue bin:
    I DO like your idea of an incentive!

  3. Connie January 24, 2018 at 11:31 AM

    Well, that’s fine, but let me tell you that if there is no incentives that go along with the apartment buildings, then most likely the tenants want care. I suggest offering something that would encourage recycling. I can’t stress how often I have said to myself, ” If I could get 5 cent off my water and trash pick up for recycling” or I wish someone would make this recycle stuff easier”.

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