How much contamination is in Fayetteville’s current program?
Contamination in the City’s existing curb sort recycling system is very low. But, the City’s current trash stream has a 29 percent contamination rate. That’s right, according to the City’s January 2015 Waste Audit, 29 percent of what Fayetteville residents and businesses throw away could be recycled in the City’s current recycling program. That equals nearly 12,000 tons per year of materials (metal cans, glass containers, #1 & 2 plastics, newspaper, cardboard and other paper) that are being sent to the landfill because they are not collected through the City’s existing curb sort recycling system. This is one of the primary reasons why the City is piloting alternate collection methods. We want to collect these recyclable materials, reduce the amount of recyclables that are contaminating our trash stream and stop sending so much material that could be readily recycled to the landfill.

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1. Did the City Council change the City's diversion rate goal?
2. What is the city being paid for each item collected in the recycling program?
3. Where can I find information on what it costs to run the drop off centers?
4. What does it cost to run the curbside program?
5. What is the revenue we see from each program separately?
6. How were the households for the single stream pilot selected?
7. When has the public been invited to provide input?
8. What other cities use the single stream program that Fayetteville might emulate?
9. What educational efforts are in place and how much does the city spend on education regarding its recycling program?
10. How much contamination is in Fayetteville’s current program?