Support us on June 13th
SAY YES to recycling in all Dallas apartments!
On Wednesday, June 13 Dallas City Council will decide if all Dallas apartments and condos will have recycling by 2020. Here is how you can help us pass this important measure!
ATTEND THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Dallas City Hall
1500 Marilla St. Dallas, TX 75201
Wednesday, June 13 at 9:00AM*
* Meeting start time. Our agenda item will come sometime after 9:15AM. If you want to be alerted about the speaking time, TEXT “TCE Dallas” to phone number 52-886.**
Metered parking is available in the “horseshoe lot” on the south side of the building; additional paid parking is available across Canton or Ervay.
SIGN UP TO SPEAK
Contact the City Secretary’s office:
214-670-3738 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Give your name, address, phone number, and tell them that you wish to speak in support of Agenda Item #45.
SEND ONE LAST MESSAGE TO COUNCIL
If you can’t attend, you can still have your voice heard!
- Email / Call your Councilmember (Search council info by address)
- Email / Call the Mayor’s office 214-670-3301 or email@example.com
- Watch the meeting online and follow our Twitter feed @txenvironment
- Do you (or does someone you know) live in an apartment or condo without recycling? If so, tell city officials how the recycling ordinance will help. Remind them that more than half of Dallas residents live in apartments, and very few have recycling services.
- Remind city officials that recycling helps create local jobs in Dallas. Our new recycling facility should be used as much as possible. Recycling supports more than 17,000 jobs across Texas.
- Tell city officials the recycling ordinance ordinance should not be watered down. Apartment and condos residents deserve recycling programs that are just as good as other Dallas residents.
- Finally, be sure to include your name and home address in your email so they know your city and district.
Thanks for your support and stay tuned for the vote!
In 2013, Dallas became just the second city in Texas to adopt a long-term recycling plan aimed at achieving “Zero Waste.” The plan outlines policies and programs in place to reduce, recover and recycle 85% of discards currently sent to landfills by 2040. Accomplishing this ambitious goal would conserve natural resources, create jobs and reduce energy consumption.
Like most cities in DFW, Dallas has concentrated its efforts on providing curbside recycling programs to its residents in single-family homes. While important, this is only the first step toward a truly sustainable solution for municipal solid waste.
Most waste in Dallas still makes its way to landfills and illegal dumpsites. In order to truly solve this problem, we must provide universal access to recycling everywhere people live, work and play. That means tackling some new and challenging problems in Dallas that have mostly gone unaddressed.
Universal Recycling Access
Currently in Dallas, it’s up to each apartment building owner or condominium association to decide whether to provide recycling access for residents and tenants. Dallas officials have conducted two surveys revealing that most are choosing not to recycle:
- Multi-family buildings reported a recycling rate of just 6% in 2014 and 7% in 2015;
- Dallas hotels reported recycling 10% of their waste in 2014 and 18% in 2015;
- Office buildings reported a 21% recycling rate in 2014 and 37% in 2015.
The Dallas Zero Waste Plan includes a goal to increase the commercial and multi-family recycling rates to 40% by 2020. Achieving such a rapid improvement will not be possible without a concerted civic engagement and public education effort. Our work is designed to help make this goal a reality.
Multi-family buildings, businesses and construction waste adds up to 83% of the trash that Dallas currently sends to landfills. Simply put, any efforts to reduce our overall waste and boost recycling must address these sources. We are committed to providing research, policy analysis and public education for a Universal Recycling Ordinance in Dallas and other DFW cities, and we need your help to do it.