Fines for not recycling
The City should insitute and enforce fines against residents and commercial entities for placing recyclables in the garbage. Currently recycling is voluntary. it should not be.
Yes, this is crucial. I was amazed to find out that recycling is an option for business, and even for large residential buildings. A friend who lives in a 50-unit residential building (near Broadway and Commercial) was recycling anything. When she brought it up with the landlord, he said that it was not required and that it was a waste of money.
Even if fines are not in place, recycling should be mandatory. Even if the city still needs to charge extra for this service, it should not be an option.
Megan Turnock commented
I totally agree with this. At my townhouse complex, people put recyclable materials in our dumpster DESPITE the presence of recycling containers. Also, why do businesses get a free pass? The amount of office waste that could potentially get collected and recycled is staggering. Make it a requirement NOW.