Victoria Council gives green light to curbside recycling

Sonny Long

March 22, 2011 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated March 21, 2011 at 10:22 p.m.

Zhayvan Gayle could barely see over the podium, but it didn't keep him from making his stance known during Tuesday's Victoria City Council meeting.

"I am for recycling, and I want you to do everything you can," said the six-year-old.

His mother, Jessica Taylor, also spoke.

"He has a passion to take care of the environment, and he got us to start recycling," she said. "He wanted the whole neighborhood to recycle. So we walked the neighborhood and collected their recyclable items and took them to the recycling center."

The comments came during the city council's special session, a workshop on capital improvement projects and to discuss curbside recycling and household hazardous waste.

Several other residents addressed the council on both sides of the curbside recycling issue. While most of those were in favor of curbside recycling, Gary Brewer said he wanted to "add a dose of reality" to the discussion.

"We're experiencing one of the most challenging budget crisis that our country, state and city has ever seen," he said. "I guess I am wondering why we are considering spending money for what is luxury service that only a minority of our citizens are going to be using. I personally don't believe another 96-gallon container in everyone's yard is going to convert people to recycling."

The council voted 6-1 to instruct the city staff to move forward with contract negotiations with Waste Management that includes the curbside recycling and household hazardous waste programs.

Councilman David Hagan voted against.

"Fuel prices are going to go up, the CPI is going to go up. A lot of folks are on fixed income. A lot of folks are unemployed. I am concerned about putting even a nominal amount of extra expense on taxpayers," said Hagan."

If the contract is approved, a residential customer's bill for solid waste would increase by $1.43 per month.



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