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:
- Trash and Single Stream Collection
- Transfer and Processing Single Stream
- Collection and Processing of Yard Waste and
- Commercial Recycling Options
- Disposal Options
- End Market Options
Meeting #5 / Jan. 7, 2020
Reviewed the results of Flash
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