Program calls for recycling plastic bags
Solana Beach program cuts out the middleman generally a waste hauler and contracts directly with Trex Co. Inc., a manufacturer of recycled goods. The Virginia based manufacturer will use the bags in deck boards and fencing made from wood and plastic fibers.
The city this week installed three collection bins in public buildings where residents can drop off clean plastic bags in a program that comes at no cost to taxpayers.
Kyle Pogue, a supervisor at the California Integrated Waste Ma michael kors bag nagement Board, said few, if any, cities provide plastic bags directly to a manufacturer. That means Solana Beach could become a model for other cities, he said.
applaud these kinds of partnerships, said Pogue, who tracks plastic bag recycling at the state agency.
About 50 California cities although none in San Diego County collect plastic bags as part of their curbside recycling programs, Pogue said. Statewide, grocery stores and pharmacies must accept the bags for recycling under a state law that took effect in July 2007.
Nick Candela, a senior buyer for Trex, said the company agreed to include Solana Beach in a pilot program aimed at collecting plastic from small businesses in Southern California.
Solana Beach green collection bins are in the lobbies of City Hall, La Colonia Community Center and the Fire Department. The city plans to add bins in the Cedros Design District, said Danny King, the city environmental programs manager.
The idea came from resident Debbie Sandler, who approached the city last year and suggested contacting Trex, King said. Sandler, a stay at home mother involved in school recycling efforts, said she about the new program.
As the City Council environmental committee, Roberts and Councilwoman Lesa Heebner worked on the plan, which didn require a City Council vote.
EDCO, the city waste hauler, agreed to empty the bins at no cost and bring the plastic to the city public works yard, where it will be compressed with a machine called a baler. Trex will pick up the compressed bags.
The first 30,000 pounds of plastic collected will be counted by Trex as payment for the $3,000 baler. After that, the city will receive 15 cents per pound. The agreement can be te michael kors bag rminated if less than 12,000 pounds are collected in a full calendar year, the contract states.
Solana Beach, a city of 13,418 residents, has embraced environmental initiatives, in part because of its sensitive coastal location. In December, it became the first city countywide to ban plastic bags used for advertising from being throw michael kors bag n onto driveways or hung from doorknobs.
Research shows plastic accounts for 60 percent to 80 percent of the floating debris in the world oceans, presenting a hazard to fish and other marine life.
Four California cities have approved some kind of plastic bag ban: San Francisco, Manhattan Beach, Malibu and Los Angeles.
Locally, the Encinitas City Council is considering a ban on single use plastic bags after receiving petitions in June from the Surfrider Foundat michael kors bag ion.
Last month, San Diego Coastkeeper, a local environmental group, got a tepid reaction when it urged the San Diego City Council environmental issues committee to consider a ban.
The plastics industry opposes bans and supports recycling. It contends that plastic bag bans merely force consumers to switch to paper, which requires more energy to produce.
Roberts said Solana Beach isn considering a total ban because of the risk of being sued, perhaps by industry groups.
is still a new area, banning plastic bags outright, Roberts said. cities sometimes are targets for lawsuits. We weren sure we wanted to be a test case.