City & Government, Creswell

City gets thumbs up for recycling compliance

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently concluded its review of the 2017 Opportunity to Recycle Report, which determined that the City of Creswell is in compliance with DEQ recycling requirements.
The report states that because Creswell has a population of over 4,000, the City is required to implement general recycling requirements. All such requirements have been approved from the 2017 reporting year, noted DEQ Solid Waste Reduction Analyst Craig C. Filip.
Those requirements include having a place for collecting source-separated recyclable materials located at each permitted disposal site, or at an alternative location in the jurisdiction, which is more convenient to the population being served.
That requirement is satisfied by the recycling depot located at the Lane County Creswell Transfer Station at 34293 Cloverdale Road, Filip said.
General requirements also include the City having at least one monthly residential curbside collection of source-separated recyclable materials.
That requirement is superseded by the City’s implementation of every-other-week residential curbside recycling, Filip said.
Another requirement is the City’s provision of a public education and promotion program. The City webpage created in response to comments provided in DEQ’s conditional approval letter in Creswell’s 2016 is good, Filip said.
”My only question is, how is this website advertised in order to reach each residential and commercial generator of recyclable materials?” He asked.
On the local government compliance review, Filip stated that residential recycling containers, expanded education, as well as promotion, commercial and institutional recycling elements have all been satisfied in the City of Creswell.
The City’s continued efforts will assist the Lane County Watershed in meeting or exceeding its new annual recovery rate goal of 63 percent, Filip said, adding: ”It will also help the State of Oregon achieve its goals of 52 percent municipal solid waste recovery by 2022 and of 55 percent by 2025.”



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