FAYETTE, IA (March 26, 2009) -- Upper Iowa Assistant Professor Kata McCarville will be talking trash at an informal gathering April 9 from 9:30-11 am at Boike's restaurant. As a member of the Fayette County Solid Waste Management Commission and chair of the Landfill Committee, McCarville also will be collecting comments from residents on Fayette's current recycling program.
"I want to hear what the residents of the city of Fayette think about solid waste and waste disposal for the county," says McCarville. "As we move forward and make decisions about how our waste will be handled, we'll need to decide collectively what we think is important."
Faced with the closing of the Fayette County Landfill in the next year, the Commission has made a commitment to building a transfer station. Waste from this area will ultimately be hauled to Black Hawk County.
"What we really need to address is the recycling program and whether we should continue supporting it, even though the prices of recycled materials have dropped. There are related issues to consider, as well. For example, are Fayette residents interested in curbside recycling? Would our community find toxic and hazardous waste services useful?"
McCarville hopes many residents will take advantage of this opportunity to share their suggestions and concerns about waste management. The importance of the topic is undeniable: According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average America produces 4.4 pounds of garbage daily.
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