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City Council proposes eliminating recycling discount

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A year after debating whether to eliminate a city subsidy aimed at encouraging private companies and nonprofits to recycle, City Council members again appear ready to do away with the incentive.

Lawmakers would use the money — estimated to be in the millions over the long term — toward restoring bus services that were cut over the summer. 

The proposal is scheduled to be heard today at the Council’s regular monthly meeting.

Bill 61-12 would eliminate a discount given to companies that recycle materials and dispose of the nonrecyclable residue at the Wai­ma­nalo Gulch landfill or the HPOWER waste-to-energy plant. The discount is applied to the “tipping fees” charged per ton to the company delivering the waste material.

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