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Proposed Solid Waste Plan Includes New Building, Paid Garbage Collection, Reveals Single-Stream A Disappointment

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by P.D. Lesko Bernie Madoff sold a “sure thing.” He went to prison for life. Single-stream recycling was sold as a “sure thing” by Ann Arbor city staffers, politicos and their cronies. It would double collections and save taxpayers millions. Since its launch in July of 2010, it has, in fact, done neither. According to a draft [...]

January 8th, 2013 | Posted in Best of A2P,Enviro,Featured,Recycling | Read More »

Recycle Ann Arbor Quietly Throws CEO Melinda Uerling Under the Wheels of the Compost Truck

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by P.D. Lesko Make no mistake. One look at the last three years of audited financial statements of Recycle Ann Arbor, and the company’s losses make it clear that CEO Melinda Uerling was struggling to keep the company, controlled by the Ann Arbor Ecology Center, afloat. Most recently, city staffers went before Council with a [...]

September 26th, 2011 | Posted in Featured,Recycling | Read More »

Lanx Satura [sat-ahyuhr]: City Approves $4 Million Dollar Contract With Recycle Ann Arbor To Repossess Gift Cards Issued By RecycleBank

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by Pete Nicely It was H.L. Mencken, Sinclair Lewis or some other dead white Anglo Saxon who once sort-of said, “When fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in the flag and waving a cross.” Or maybe it was Ryan Seacrest who said, “When Lady Gaga shows up at the MTV Video Music Awards, it will [...]

September 7th, 2011 | Posted in Featured,Lanx Satura [sat-ahyuhr],Recycling | Read More »

Recycle Ann Arbor Has Lost 700K & Michael Garfield Thinks RAA Is Entitled To A Taxpayer Bailout

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To listen to Michael Garfield, head of the Ecology Center tell the story, Recycle Ann Arbor, which is controlled by Garfield and the Ecology Center, has been the victim of “miscalculation made in the 2010 contract” between the City of Ann Arbor and Recycle Ann Arbor. That’s why RAA needs $1.07 million more from Ann [...]

July 26th, 2011 | Posted in Enviro,Featured,Recycling | Read More »

The Wheels Come Off The Recycling Cart: Projected Collections Down 40 Percent & Recycle Ann Arbor On the Ropes Financially

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A2Politico has been consistently critical of the city’s move to single-stream recycling, interviewing and quoting national experts who dubbed the move “environmentally regressive” and a “waste of taxpayer money.” A2Politico questioned the rosy collections projections of city staff, consultants and local politicos who used their support of single-stream recycling in the 2010 City Council and Mayoral [...]

July 6th, 2011 | Posted in Enviro,Featured,Recycling | Read More »

The Politics of Compost: City Staff Pushes Composting Biosolids in Solid Waste Plan

On Tuesday November 16th, I sent an email letter to City Council members, as well as the heads of several local organizations, and to my friends and acquaintances, whom I know care about gardening and composting, concerning city staff’s November 8th recommendation that Council approve the WeCare Organic’s proposal to take over operations of the Ann [...]

November 29th, 2010 | Posted in Enviro,Recycling | Read More »

The Politics of Compost: AnnArbor.com Argues in Favor (and Against) Privatization

AnnArbor.com, as I’ve written before, doesn’t “correct” mistakes or errors in its articles, but rather like the blowsy Uncle who gets caught in a contradiction, AnnArbor.com “updates” its articles on the fly, as it were. The result is that pieces are revised throughout the day on the site. Unfortunately, with a bounce rate around 70 [...]

November 21st, 2010 | Posted in Enviro,Money,Recycling | Read More »

Poll: Do You Support The City’s Move To Switch To Single Stream Recycling?

June 9th, 2010 | Posted in Enviro,Recycling,Weekend Polls | Read More »

The Politics of Outsourcing: Why Pay More to Recycle Ann Arbor? Good Question.

In response to my entry about the City Council move to switch Ann Arbor over to single stream recycling, I had a conversation with a former worker at the city’s material collections facility who pointed out something very important to me: the ideal recycling program contracts and, eventually, becomes unnecessary. Why? Because the ultimate goal [...]

March 18th, 2010 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,Enviro,Politics,Recycling | Read More »

The Politics of Garbage: Single-Stream Recycling Stinks For More Reasons Than You Think

A2P Notes: Looking for the back story? I wrote about single stream recycling first on January 28, 2010. To read that entry titled “The Politics of Unscrambling Eggs: Hieftje, Hohnke and Teall Push $6.4  Million For Environmentally Regressive Single Stream Recycling,” click here.    It has often been disturbing to follow the money, connections and political [...]

March 15th, 2010 | Posted in Enviro,Money,Recycling | Read More »

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