City of Somerville
Massachusetts

Agenda Item
189880
Work Completed
Oct 13, 2011 7:00 PM

31.D That the Environmental Programs Manager investigate creating a paper/plastic recycling initiative at fast food establishments.

Information

Department:Clerk of CommitteesSponsors:Ward Three Alderman Thomas F. Taylor
Category:OrderFunctions:Order

Body

That the Environmental Programs Manager investigate the possibility of creating a paper/plastic recycling initiative at fast food establishments.

Meeting History

Jul 8, 2010 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
RESULT:APPROVED
Feb 8, 2011 7:00 PM  Legislative Matters Committee Committee Meeting
draft Draft

Mr. Lutes told the members that the Health Department is looking into this matter. Chairman Taylor requested that Mr. Lutes work with the Law Department on this matter and suggested that the Chamber of Commerce deal with local businesses on the issue.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Mar 29, 2011 7:00 PM  Legislative Matters Committee Committee Meeting
draft Draft

The committee discussed the recycling of paper and plastic at fast food restaurants and Mr. Lutes noted that the City does not regulate fast food establishments.

Private haulers could be hired by these establishments to remove the recycled products, however the City would have to create a licensing process for the haulers since most communities regulate the haulers rather than the establishments. There was some discussion about how broad the approach should be regarding this issue and what effect it might have on various establishments. Some restaurants have initiated a voluntary recycling program and are asking their customers to participate.

Chairman Taylor’s resolution that the Environmental Programs Manager and the City Solicitor work with the Somerville Chamber of Commerce to develop a voluntary initiative encouraging fast food establishments to recycle, was approved.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Apr 27, 2011 7:00 PM  Legislative Matters Committee Committee Meeting
draft Draft

Mr. Lutes discussed ways to encourage businesses to recycle and said that althought business owners would have to pay $60 for a recycling container, the pick up would be free.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Oct 11, 2011 7:00 PM  Legislative Matters Committee Committee Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:WORK COMPLETED
Oct 13, 2011 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
RESULT:WORK COMPLETED