While Saline City Council signs on to aggressive new recycling goals put forth by the Washtenaw County Water Commission, city officials will sit down to discuss recycling issues with Waste Managment - the city's trash and recycling hauler.
According to Department of Public Works Director Jeff Fordice, Waste Management requested the meeting. The company has been told that local recycling tipping fees are rising 700 percent. Fordice said the high costs are a result of China's decision to effectively ban the import of plastics.
The City of Saline's current deal with Waste Management calls for recycling pickup twice a month. It expires in 2019.
Monday night Saline City Council voted to approve a resolution amending the Washtenaw County Solid Waste Management Plan 2017. The primary goal of the plan is to ensure availability of nearby waste disposal facilities. One of the ways this is accomplished is by diverting more waste from local landfills.
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