City looks to C&D to increase recycling rates.City officials in Piedmont Piedmont, region, Italy
Piedmont (pēd`mŏnt), Ital. Piemonte, region (1991 pop. 4,302,565), 9,807 sq mi (25,400 sq km), NW Italy, bordering on France in the west and on Switzerland in the north. , Calif., are in the process of drafting a construction and demolition recycling ordinance to help boost the city's recycling rates, according to according to
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3. a report in the Contra Costa Times The Contra Costa Times is a daily newspaper based in Walnut Creek, California. The paper serves Contra Costa and eastern Alameda counties, in the eastern part of the San Francisco Bay Area. (Walnut Creek Walnut Creek, residential city (1990 pop. 60,569), Contra Costa co., W Calif., in the San Francisco Bay area; inc. 1914. It is the trade and shipping center of an extensive agricultural area where walnuts are among the major product. , Calif.).
Officials want to tap into the C&D material stream to help the Alameda Alameda (ăləmē`də, –mā`də), city (1990 pop. 76,459), Alameda co., W central Calif., on an island just off the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay; settled 1850, inc. as a city 1884. County Waste Management Authority meet its goal of diverting 75 percent of its material from area landfills by 2010, according to the report.
State mandates require California cities to divert a minimum of 50 percent or face heavy fines.
Piedmont currently diverts 64 percent, which exceeds the state minimum, but falls short of the city's individual recycling goals, according to the report.
City Planner Kate Black tells the Contra Costa Times that construction and demolition material makes up approximately 21 percent of the debris in the county landfills.
A draft of the C&D recycling ordinance is expected to be presented to the city council by early summer, according to the report.