Council approves organics waste agreement

By BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

The Ridgecrest City Council voted 4-1 to approve an amendment to a solid waste franchise agreement with Waste Management. The amendment establishes an organics waste recycling program that will bring the city into compliance with California Assembly Bill 1826.

The bill mandates that jurisdictions implement organic waste (food and food-soiled waste, landscaping waste and wood waste) recycling programs for businesses and multifamily residential units.

By 2019 all businesses and multifamily residences generating more than four cubic yards of solid waste per week must take part in such an organic waste recycling program.

Councilmember Wallace Martin was the dissenting vote, saying he didn’t agree with approving an item without more time for public discussion.

Some members of the public criticized the bill as another “unfunded mandate” from the state, and argued that we have no obligation to participate.

For more information and public comment, see next week’s News Review.

Story First Published: 2018-02-23