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Stodola proposes recycling mandate for Little Rock apartments

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

"Our citizens want to do the right thing," said Mayor Stodola.  "They want to be sustainable, they want to be green, they know the importance of recycling."

The ordinance introduced to Little Rock's board of directors on Tuesday would only apply to apartment and condominium complexes with 100 or more units – more than 80 percent of apartment dwellers in the city.

Apartment complexes wouldn't be a part of the city's residential recycling program, but rather complexes would be responsible for contracting with refuse haulers.

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

It's a point Stodola was sure to point out – making note of the fact residential recycling customers already sorting their paper and plastic won't see an increase in their fees.  The cost however will fall on the apartment complexes and most likely those living in them.

"When you look at it from an annual standpoint, the number of units you're taking care of – it's a very small fraction of cost in our opinion," said Stodola, adding one of the city's larger real estate management companies said it'll end up being a wash for them when introducing recycling.

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

"By diverting from the waste stream, those items that could be recycled, we save a tremendous expense long term on the cost of adding additional cells to our landfill," mentioned Stodola.

The city already doubled its recycling numbers since introducing larger recycling bins in 2012, from 5,500 tons of recyclables to 10,200 tons.  Stodola's proposed ordinance would potentially increase the amount of recyclables by another 30 percent.

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