Task Force Meeting Recaps

7 months ago

Recycling Task Force (RTF) is facilitated by Allison Turlock of NewGen Strategies and Solutions, LLC

Meeting #7 / Jan. 21, 2020

Presentation by Robert Taylor from OSU on the potential of partnering with the City of Stillwater on a downdraft gasifier project.

Waste Management Director Chris Knight introduced the RTF to a new concept/option, Recyclops, for consideration. Recyclops is a company that brings recycling to communities that struggle to recycle. They have a presence in 44 cities in 5 states.

Taskforce member Riley Flack presented his thoughts on subscription-based recycling.

Members informally voted to further investigate the OSU gasifier, Recyclops, and costs associated with building a processing center and materials recovery facility (MRF).

Meeting #6 / Jan. 14, 2020

The RTF had small group discussions to rate the following options:

  • Generation/Education/Outreach
  • Trash and Single Stream Collection
  • Transfer and Processing Single Stream
  • Collection and Processing of Yard Waste and Other Organics
  • Commercial Recycling Options
  • Disposal Options
  • End Market Options

Meeting #5 / Jan. 7, 2020

Reviewed the results of Flash Vote survey.

Reviewed the EPA’s Waste Reduction Model (WARM) that was created to help solid waste planners and organizations estimate impacts from different waste management practices.

Discussion centered on the financial, social, and environmental impacts of the following scenarios:

  • Landfill everything
  • Keep same services
  • Expand services

The goal of the next meeting is to begin determining the short term, mid-term, and long term recommendations to the City Council.

Meeting #4 / Dec. 3, 2019
  • Reviewed the “triple bottom line of sustainability” (environmental, financial, social).

  • Transfer discussion:
    > RTF would like to see ten-year costs of transfer option, not just capital cost; include operations/maintenance, and what impacts are over time.

  • Processing discussion:
    > Potential for regional cooperation to make it more economically viable?
    > Does having a recycling processing facility located in COS potentially attract business?

  • Decided to issue a citizen survey using FlashVote.com. See Documents for .pdf of results or to see results online follow this link: https://www.flashvote.com/stillwater-ok/surveys/recycling-service-12-19

Meeting #3 / Nov. 19, 2019

  • RTF heard presentations from two recyclables processors and one landfill operator.
Meeting #2 / Nov. 12, 2019
Further discussion of potential options.
  • Education – adults and school-based education
  • Increase recycling options – place recycling containers in places like downtown
  • Focus on increasing commercial cardboard collection
  • Change to every other week collection
    > How much would it save?
    > What impacts would it have on habits (would people recycle more or less)

  • Consider the impact on low-income families? Is subsidizing low-income families possible?

Meeting #1 / Nov. 5, 2019

  • Discussed the mission for the task force
  • Understand the issues and options to address recycling in Stillwater
  • Recommend next steps for the City’s recycling program. During this portion of the presentation, an initial list of potential options was described to the Recycling Task Force. Additional ideas and questions related to potential options shared by the TF included the following:

    > Staffed vs unstaffed drop-off site and impacts
    > Could City of Stillwater partner with OSU
    > Is rail-haul an option?
    > Consider building COS MRF. A materials recovery facility (MRF) is a plant that separates and prepares single-stream recycling materials to be sold to end buyers.
    > Reduce/ban plastic bags
    > Incentives to use something other than plastic

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