Stodola proposes recycling mandate for Little Rock apartments

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - MayorMark Stodola is proposing more recycling in the city.{} He now wants to mandate apartment complexesoffer the service to their residents as well.{}The move would open up recycling to nearly 20,000 more households.

"Our citizens want to dothe right thing," said Mayor Stodola.{} "Theywant to be sustainable, they want to be green, they know the importance ofrecycling."

The ordinance introducedto Little Rock's board of directors on Tuesday would only apply to apartmentand condominium complexes with 100 or more units - more than 80 percent ofapartment dwellers in the city.

Apartment complexes wouldn'tbe a part of the city's residential recycling program, but rather complexeswould be responsible for contracting with refuse haulers.

"Trash collection atapartment complexes is a cost that is worn by the apartment complex itself,"said Stodola.

It's a point Stodola wassure to point out - making note of the fact residential recycling customersalready sorting their paper and plastic won't see an increase in their fees.{} The cost however will fall on the apartmentcomplexes and most likely those living in them.

"When you look at it froman annual standpoint, the number of units you're taking care of - it's a verysmall fraction of cost in our opinion," said Stodola, adding one of the city'slarger real estate management companies said it'll end up being a wash for themwhen introducing recycling.

The proposed ordinance isseen as a small investment, by Stodola, to help the city's bottom line in thelong run.

"By diverting from thewaste stream, those items that could be recycled, we save a tremendous expenselong term on the cost of adding additional cells to our landfill," mentionedStodola.

The city already doubledits recycling numbers since introducing larger recycling bins in 2012, from5,500 tons of recyclables to 10,200 tons.{}Stodola's proposed ordinance would potentially increase the amount ofrecyclables by another 30 percent.

Little Rock's board ofdirectors still needs to vote on it; that could happen as early as next month.