Seattle to ask businesses to step up recycling efforts
The City of Seattle plans to ask businesses to do better on recycling.
Starting next year, Seattle businesses might not be allowed to toss glass bottles and aluminum cans into the garbage.
By 2016, businesses would be required to compost food and other organic waste.
And for the first time, the city is looking at setting a goal for how much construction and demolition waste must be recycled. This would mean new controls on general contractors.
These proposals are included in an update of the city’s Solid Waste Management Plan, which also would affect the residents of condo and apartment buildings.
The City Council’s utilities committee on Tuesday voted to recommend that the full council approve the plan.
The update would have a significant impact on businesses, said Seattle Public Utilities employee Vicky Beaumont, who managed the update of the solid waste plan. The goal is to have businesses step up use of the recycling and compost bins the way single-family residents have, she said.
In 2011, nearly 71 percent of the solid waste generated in single-family households was recycled, according to Seattle Public Utilities. That exceeded the city’s 2012 goal of 70 percent.
“I’m really proud of Seattle,” said Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, a member of the utilities committee
Businesses are not doing as well. The goal was to have 63 percent of the commercial waste recycled in 2012. A little more than 61 percent was recycled in 2011, the latest year for which figures were available.
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