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Why did the City initiate a recycling inspection program?
In 2006, the City’s recycling program reached an all-time high with a contamination rate of 44.8%. This means that close to half of all the material collected in the brown recycling containers was garbage or other similar contaminants. This high level of contamination is simply unacceptable.
In an effort to reduce recycling contamination, the Longview City Council approved a recommendation to implement the current recycling inspection program.
Recycling enforcement process
What types of notices are issued in the inspection program?
- Education notice [PDF]
This notice is issued if the inspection finds that most of the recyclables are clean, but a minor problem is found such as a plastic bag.
- Violation notice [PDF]
This notice is issued if the inspection finds garbage or other non-recyclables.
Miscellaneous notice information
- Both the Education and Violation notices will provide information as to what was found that warranted the respective notice being issued.
- On the backside of both the Education and Violation notice, information is also provided as far as proper guidelines for recycling and garbage.
- If an Education Notice is issued, the case is closed and no re-inspection is scheduled.
- If a Violation Notice is issued, a case is opened and a re-inspection is scheduled any time during the next eight weeks.
- If a second inspection finds no garbage or other non-recyclables, the case is closed and no further re-inspections will be scheduled. A random inspection will take place the following year.
- If a second inspection finds garbage or other non-recyclables, a letter is issued to the occupant of the residence and owner (if the occupant is a tenant), providing information of the repeated violations and what will take place should a third violation occur.
- If a third inspection finds no garbage or other non-recyclables, the case is closed and no further re-inspections will be scheduled. A random inspection will take place following year.
- If a third inspection finds garbage or other non-recyclables, a second letter is issued to the occupant of the residence and owner (if the occupant is a tenant), providing information that the recycling cart will be removed. A ten-day appeal period begins.
- If no appeal is requested, the recycling cart is removed. The billing status is changed to a “garbage-only” account, with the rates increasing by $10 per month for six months.
- At the end of the six months, the normal garbage rates are reinstated.
- The recycling cart is not returned unless the occupant or owner requests it.
MULTI-FAMILY / APARTMENT COMPLEXES
The inspection process for multi-family or apartment complexes, five units and above, follows the same inspection process as for residential, with the following exceptions:
- The owner of the complex receives a letter from the city after each of the three violations notices received.
- If no request is received during the ten-day appeal process, all of the brown 300-gallon recycling containers are removed and replaced with an equal number of 300-gallon garbage containers.
- The rate structure for the garbage rates is changed from a “per-unit” charge to a commercial account. The new garbage rates are based on the total number of garbage container and the number of picks per week.
- The “per-unit” garbage charges are reinstated after six months. The 300-gallon recycling containers are not returned unless the owner or management agency requests it.
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