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Community Solid Waste and Recycling Strategic Plan

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In May 2016 the Scottsdale City Council initiated the creation of Scottsdale’s Community Solid Waste and Recycling Strategic Plan. The intent of the strategic plan is to go beyond directing the activities of the Scottsdale Solid Waste Department, but instead provide a community-wide vision and plan for addressing all solid waste and recycling needs.

Formulate what a solid waste vision could be for Scottsdale that embodies Scottsdale’s community values, and develop a strategic plan to achieve that vision.

Virginia Korte motion made 5-17-2016, adopted by Council 5-2

Historically, members of the Scottsdale community have expressed broad support for, and embraced efforts to, increase diversion of material from landfill disposal through the concepts of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The Community Solid Waste and Recycling Strategic Plan is intended to build on this history, and will contemplate the community health and image as well as the financial impacts of continuing to increase Scottsdale’s community-wide diversion rates, thus reducing the disposal of waste in our limited landfill space.

Strategic Plan Policy Statements

The draft strategic plan contains eight policy statements with objectives and strategies to support them.  These policies are driven by the community’s values and vision as represented in General Plan 2035. Together, they provide a comprehensive approach to meeting the community’s expectations for how Scottsdale will approach the collection, disposal, and recycling or reuse of solid waste materials generated within the city, while adhering to the environmental and sustainability ethic that is so important to the community’s members.

Objective:

The City’s residential diversion rate goal is to increase diversion to 50% by weight of all materials collected from single-family homes by 2030.

Strategies:

  • Internal department initiatives to change the City’s current Solid Waste Division service model.
  • Expansion of customer education programs.
  • Work with local school districts and non-profit environmental advocacy organizations.
  • Incentives to encourage greater levels of recycling for residential customers.
  • Mandatory recycling of specified materials through the creation of new City ordinances.

Objective:

The City’s multi-family diversion rate goal is to increase diversion to 30% by weight of all materials collected from multi-family buildings by 2030.

Strategies:

  • Increase availability of city-managed recycling services throughout the community.
  • Expansion of customer education programs.
  • Incentives to encourage greater levels of recycling for multi-family customers.
  • Incentives for land lords or building managers to make recycling services available.
  • Establish reporting requirements that would allow calculation of city-wide multifamily diversion rates.
  • Enact ordinances to require waste haulers providing refuse service to multi-family complexes to also provide recycling service.

Objective:

The City’s commercial diversion rate goal is to increase diversion to 20% by weight of all materials collected from commercial accounts by 2030.

Strategies:

  • Increase availability of recycling services throughout the community.
  • Implement incentives through the rate structure, making it cost-advantageous for the customer to have recycling replace a portion of their existing refuse service.
  • Enact ordinances requiring commercial waste haulers to provide recycling service to all accounts within a specified category or above a specified weight or volume threshold.
  • Establish reporting requirements that would allow calculation of diversion rates.
  • Increasing the availability of recycling receptacles at City events and facilities.

Objective:

Expand and grow customer education programs that highlight programs for waste reduction, reuse and recycling of resources with the goal of changing behavior.

Strategies:

  • Expand customer education programs.
  • Promote reuse of specific items that contribute significant volumes to waste streams.
  • Publish a reuse and repair resource directory.
  • Implement mandates to ban the use of specific items in an effort to keep them out of the waste stream.

Objective:

Reductions in the amount of waste landfilled on the construction of public facilities by the City of Scottsdale.

Strategies:

  • Continue to implement the City of Scottsdale policy of using the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program on new construction projects.
  • Require contractors on LEED building projects to achieve the specific credits related to reduction of construction and demolition waste and use of recycled construction materials on city projects.
  • Continue to reuse old asphalt from city streets in the City’s dust abatement program.
  • Adopt voluntary goals for construction waste and create a reporting and monitoring system to track results.
  • Enact mandates to require certain levels of construction and demolition waste diversion or use of recycled building materials, and develop a tracking and enforcement capability.

Objective:

Explore and implement new opportunities to divert material from the waste stream to alternative uses and generate revenue by marketing materials.

Strategies:

  • Explore markets for composted organic material.
  • Explore various waste-to-energy options.
  • Work through a regional partnership to explore ways to market organic material.
  • Continue the regional partnership through RISN and expand focus areas.
  • Determine what materials from the waste stream can potentially generate revenue that could help offset disposal costs for either the City’s Solid Waste Department or commercial haulers.

Objective:

The City’s Solid Waste Division goal is to deliver 75% of material collected from the bush and bulk program to the SRCLC green waste collection area, which is diverted from the landfill.

Strategies:

  • The creation and expansion of customer education programs to promote composting by residents or businesses.
  • Provide instruction on how to properly and effectively establish and maintain composting procedures.
  • Implement a “third bin” program, providing all residential customers a third container for organic material in addition to a refuse container and a recycling container.
  • Modify collection processes to increase diversion of organic material from the landfill and to make it available for a centralized composting program.
  • Create a 20,000 ton per year composting facility at Scottsdale’s transfer station.
  • Increase private composting efforts.
  • Continue the regional partnership through RISN and expand focus areas.

Strategic Plan Development

For the past several months the City has been working to develop the draft Community Solid Waste and Recycling Strategic Plan using the most widely recognized statement of the collective vision of the residents of the City of Scottsdale, the City’s General Plan, as a starting point.  The draft plan has been presented to numerous city boards and commissions, community and stakeholder groups, and industry partners for feedback.  This community vision is built on a foundation of citizen involvement.

The goal of the strategic plan is to identify and prioritize the policy goals, identify appropriate objectives to meet the goals, and develop a list of strategies to attain the objectives. The result is a process driven by the community’s stated vision, which then focuses through successively more detailed levels to arrive at a set of objectives and strategies to achieve them.

Next Steps

We want to heard from you.  Please give us your input by filling out the questionnaire which will help us determine Scottsdale's community values and which strategies should be prioritized for implementation.   The draft strategic plan will continue to be revised this spring and ultimately the Scottsdale City Council will review and provide direction on the implementation of Scottsdale’s Community Solid Waste and Recycling Strategic Plan this summer.