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LR Mayor Proposes Mandatory Recycling Program

The mayor of Little Rock has laid out a plan to force large apartment complexes and condos to offer recycling programs.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The mayor of Little Rock has laid out a plan to force large apartment complexes and condos to offer recycling programs.
   
Mayor Mark Stodola says it could increase recycling participation in the city by more than 30 percent. The ordinance would force property owners with more than 100 units to offer recycling to residents.

Stodola says it reflects the city's continued push toward sustainability. Ever since single stream recycling was introduced levels have risen to 80 percent in residential neighborhoods.
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With mandatory recycling in multi-family housing, the mayor says 20,000 residences could be added to the recycling intake.

"We really worked with the people that manage and own these properties to work with us to embrace this issue," Stodola said.

The mayor says any additional costs to property owners would be minimal, and he doesn't expect the ordinance to cause a big hit to renters.

The mayor hopes to have the ordinance in front of the board of directors in the beginning of next month.  If it passes, property managers will have until July 1 to comply.
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