Friday, August 18, 2006

Sun Valley to promote recycling

Express Staff Writer

Sun Valley residents should soon see financial incentives for recycling.

The signing of a five-year renewal agreement between the city and Clear Creek Disposal this week contains a provision for a recycling program. Clear Creek already picks up recycled materials in Sun Valley, but does so on agreements with individual residents.

The new contract, which takes effect Sept. 1, requires the city and Clear Creek within six months to negotiate a "pay-as-you-throw" system that would charge higher rates for larger trash bins and make pickup of recycled items free.

Craig Barry, executive director of the Environmental Resource Center, said his organization supports such a system.

"There's a direct incentive for people to take items out of their trash bin and put them into recycling," he said.

Such a system is in place in Hailey, where City Clerk Heather Dawson said it has worked well.

During a Sun Valley City Council meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 16, City Attorney Rand Peebles told the council it would have to draw up an ordinance to create the program.

"We've got the benefit of someone who's been doing that," Peebles said of Clear Creek's experience in Hailey.

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