Recycling & Composting
The landfill is being slammed with commercial waste, construction debris, and more. In order to minimize excess waste of recyclable and compostable materials would you support zero waste policies such as a universal recycling accessibility ordinance in businesses and food diversion requirements for businesses that generate large amounts of food waste?
Lynn McBee - Did not respond.
Jason Villalba - Did not respond.
Scott Griggs - I support zero waste policies such as a universal recycling accessibility ordinance. In 2018, the Dallas City Council voted to approve an ordinance that would require all apartments to begin recycling programs by January 1, 2020. This was a huge step towards the goal of more zero waste policies. I also support business and food diversion requirements to improve the environment. Lastly, I would like to ban Styrofoam.
Mike Ablon - Did not respond.
Miguel Solis - Yes, As Mentioned about I would work to incorporate good environmental policy into promoting good corporate citizenship, or giving preference to business that foster inclusive community growth.
I am excited that the city passed Universal Apartment recycling last year, and I’ll continue to look for ways to encourage more recycling in our city.
Alyson Kennedy - Did not respond.
Regina Montoya - I believe we can look at what cities like London are doing in terms of their compost and recyclable pickup. I’m not sure our awareness campaigns have been as effective for all parts of our city. I’d like to see us really communicating to families, neighborhood associations, and making sure we are going to them (not vice versa). About 43% of Dallas speaks a language other than English at home. Are we doing enough to communicate to those families about recycling programs?
Eric Johnson - Did not respond.
Albert Black - We are making progress in Dallas – our multi-family recycling ordinance goes into effect this January – but must continue to strive to do more. I support policies to ensure that tenants and employees have access to convenient recycling. I also support food diversion policies that take into consideration the burdens placed on small businesses through phase-ins or exemptions.
Giovanni “Gio” Valderas - Yes, both of these ideas are both needed and ones that I will have no problem supporting.
Jeremy T. Boss - Did not respond.
Sylvana Alonzo - Did not respond.
Chad West - Yes.
Adam Medrano - Yes.
Paul A. Freeman - Did not respond.
Barbara Coombs - Did not respond.
Davante D. Peters - Did not respond.
Denise Benavides - Did not respond.
Casey Thomas, II - Did not respond.
Charletta Rogers Compton - Yes.
Britannica Scott - Yes, I would make sure the council puts ordinances in place to address minimizing excess waste. I believe certain zoning ordinances should be put in place to confine businesses that could be potentially produce harmful toxins to the neighborhoods. Additional regulations should require management to properly dispose waste so that it will reduce pollution levels.
Also, I would work with other city council officials to implement more recycling in the city and reuse materials that can be repurposed.
Dawn M. Blair - Did not respond.
Carolyn King Arnold - Yes, I could support implementing zero waste “best practices” and/or policies that would include universal recycling ordinances as it relates to food diversionary requirements. This is simply another step to reducing the toxicity levels that we are subjected to on a daily basis.
Keyaira D. Saunders - Did not respond.
Karon “K” Flewellen - Did not respond.
Asa O. Woodberry - Did not respond.
Yolanda “Faye” Williams - Did not respond.
Jaime Resendez - The City has taken some steps to curb the amount of trash going into our landfills, with the Zero Waste Plan adopted in 2013. Initial efforts have, it seems, fallen short of the goals. I am supportive of zero waste policies, in theory, but also interested to find out more about the ways these policies impact businesses.
Ruth Torres - I want to understand industry best standards on the issue of landfill management and seek to apply best practices in a responsible manner ensuring environmental protections and accountability for pollution contributors.
Tony Carrillo - Did not respond.
Omar Narvaez - Yes.
Monica R. Alonzo - Did not respond.
Tiffinni A. Young - Did not respond.
Adam Bazaldua - Yes, I would absolutely support these policies and initiatives. I am proud to have implemented the first composting program with my culinary arts program and the horticulture program at Skyline High School. I think more programs available to the general public will be very effective if more education resources are made available to engage the community in these initiatives.
Kevin Felder - Yes. There is way too much food being wasted everyday by restaurants and grocery stores. Homeless people would love to eat what restaurants and grocery stores throw out every day. Universal recycling is a great idea to dispose of food waste.
Joseph Thomas - Did not respond.
Sandra Crenshaw - Did not respond.
Yvette Gbalazeh - Did not respond.
Calvin D. Johnson - Did not respond.
Sade' Johnson - Did not respond.
Korey Deon Mack - Did not respond.
Tennell Atkins - The City of Dallas recycling efforts are still evolving. I believe the amount of waste going into the landfill should be reduced. Dallas should continue to evaluate models of best practices from other cities to guide our recycling efforts.
Erik Wilson - Yes, I would support zero waste policies.
Tamara "Tami" Brown Rodriquez - Did not respond.
Erin Moore - Yes. I think we need to get to zero waste using as many methods as necessary. The Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan developed in 2011 already includes such policies. It is far past time that Dallas to create and implement a similar plan. To adopt a plan for Dallas similar to Austin’s solution, we need to implement user-friendly composting programs to reduce per capita solid waste sent to landfill and incineration by 20 percent in one year; adopt a citywide program that reduces the use of a disposable, toxic or nonrenewable product category by at least 50 percent in one year; and establish a policy to achieve Zero Waste going to landfills and incinerators by 2045. Recycling is getting more expensive and difficult with the recent news of China’s restrictions on the import of recyclables. I would implement a new educational campaign to put the emphasis on “reduce, reuse and refuse” to refuse straws, Styrofoam etc. and to encourage consumers to think about the waste they are generating.
Sarah Lamb - I am open to considering all creative was we can help minimize the excessive waste that continues to find its way into the landfill, including ways to encourage businesses and individuals to move to compostable and otherwise biodegradable materials. Currently, the City of Dallas is accepting waste in our landfill at fees that are less than half of those charged by neighboring governments, so, of course, people from those areas are bringing their waste here. That needs to change. But as we act to make sure our landfill is used wisely, we also need to look at compliance enforcement. It does no good to keep commercial waste out of our landfill if it winds up being illegally dumped in some TxDOT lot in the city (and I can tell you that this is already a huge problem!)
Paula Blackmon - I think our business community should be good partners in recycling and food diversion programs however I would rather incentivize this behavior than creating an ordinance that could place a burden on some small business owners. Businesses that create large amounts of food waste should be encouraged to partner with local homeless shelters and food banks to help provide food for those who are in need – this is a huge problem in our community, and we should be thinking creatively in helping our most vulnerable residents.
Sirrano Keith Baldeo - “universal recycling” is very broad but I like the idea, I know of cities that have these programs, commercial waste is definitely a problem, I know the food industry will push back hard on such a police but we have to be ready for that and give them a chance to at least work with the city to come up with a plan to minimize waste or we go to the next step on policy.
D'Andrala "Dede" Alexander - Yes, I welcome the opportunity to learn from and partner with all who work toward eco-equity that includes such comprehensive solutions as universal recycling accessibility. We know Dallas has major poverty and homelessness problems in both adult and child populations. Requiring diversion programs of health-building resources like food, and zero-waste programs in general, creates opportunities for Dallas to catch up with other cities around the world in these efforts. It also creates business opportunities for local entrepreneurs and can draw socially responsible existing businesses from other states and cities to Dallas. Eliminating wasteful supply chain management also recycles value into the economy and city budget as it uses resources more efficiently.
Adam McGough - Did not respond.
Curtis T. Harris - Did not respond.
Lee M. Kleinman - Did not respond.
Carolyn "Cookie" Peadon - Zero waste is a goal we need to work toward. I support that initiative. In Europe, standards have long been in place that require companies delivering items in cardboard, etc. to take that material after unpacking the product and return/recycle it. That would help here, especially with the current trend of online ordering. Businesses must be challenged to take responsibility for recycling materials they generate. The same is true for food handling businesses.
Cara Mendelsohn - Yes, if we are able to truly recycle the material. If recycled trash is just ending up in the landfill anyhow, I would not support this.
Daniel Powell - Thankfully, the McCommas Bluff landfill has more longevity due to effective compacting and bioreactor technology that breaks down the waste more quickly so more methane gas is produced, captured, and resold to natural gas pipelines. However, I would support recycling accessibility in businesses and multifamily developments as well as food diversion requirements for establishments that produce high amounts of food waste. Austin has set a good example for Dallas in these areas. I would oversee the deadline of multifamily recycling by January 2020, and I would promote requiring commercial properties to offer recycling as well to extend the life of the landfill further. Regarding food diversion, the EPA says that more food reaches landfills than any other material, constituting up to 21% of municipal waste. Promoting large-scale food diversion and composting would support other important city initiatives, like our Farmer’s Market or other neighborhood farms, like Bonton Farms.
Jennifer Staubach Gates - Did not respond.
Laura Miller - Did not respond.
Philip T. Kingston - Yes. Our target diversion rate rises this year, and the only way to meet it is to significantly increase commercial recycling.
David Blewett - I support any form of recycling and composting. I believe construction debris and organic big trash should not be dumped in our landfills. And I believe plastic bottles and bags must be minimized as trash.
Warren Ernest Johnson - I would be happy to participate. I support all the measures in the questionnaire. I also practice green policies in my personal life. I live in a 850 square foot condo though I could easily afford a much larger and more energy consuming home. I recycle. I buy very little and only what I need. I walk to the store and other places that are within a mile. I use mass transit whenever possible. I drive a 2018 Hyundai Ioniq that recently achieved 62 mpg in city driving ! Others talk it. I live it.