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City looks to C&D to increase recycling rates.

City officials in Piedmont, Calif., are in the process of drafting a construction and demolition recycling ordinance to help boost the city's recycling rates, according to a report in the Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.).

Officials want to tap into the C&D material stream to help the Alameda 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.
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Title Annotation:C & D NEWS; construction and demolition
Publication:Recycling Today
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U9CA
Date:Apr 1, 2005
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