|Updated: 8/16 11:10 am
||Published: 8/16 11:10 am
The Tulsa Authority for the Recovery of Energy hosted a special meeting Tuesday to discuss issues related to green waste collection.
City staff was asked by TARE to continue to evaluate green waste disposal options and present its findings to TARE at the authority’s next planning committee meeting to be held on Tuesday, August 27.
Items discussed during the meeting included: Intended program goals related to green waste collection and disposal, an operations status report provided by Roy Teeters, interim Solid Waste Services manager, and identification of current issues and proposed next steps.
The City of Tulsa’s new pay-as-you-throw residential collection system was designed with three primary goals to include having a uniform residential collection system; a rate structure that is fair for both small and large waste generators; and to encourage recycling and yard waste re-use.
These goals were developed over a four-year period of time and included recommendations from the Mayor’s Refuse and Recycling Task Force, a group comprised of citizen volunteers from nine council districts, solid waste industry consultants and City of Tulsa Solid Waste Services staff.
The new program features four dedicated collection streams to include refuse, recycling, green waste and bulky waste. Since program inception, Solid Waste Services staff has been actively working to explore best practices related to green waste collection to include researching more than fifty municipal green waste collection programs, testing state-of-the-art industry equipment and exploring other environmental and economically sustainable options for green waste collection and disposal.