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January 24th, 2011
City hosting focus group on downtown trash


The Municipal Solid Waste Task Force will host a focus group meeting Wednesday, Jan. 26, to gather public input on how the City of San Marcos and the downtown business community should manage solid waste.

The focus group meeting will be at 11 a.m. in room number three of the Activity Center, 501 E Hopkins. The meeting will be open to the public but businesses, realtors, multi-family property managers and tenants are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided.

The Municipal Solid Waste Task Force is developing a comprehensive solid waste management plan in cooperation with the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) and the city’s Transportation Division of Public Services.

The City Council appointed the Municipal Solid Waste Task Force earlier this year to work on a comprehensive plan for managing solid waste. Members include chair Amy Kirwin, city council member Kim Porterfield, David Case, Daniella DeJongh, Kyle Hahn, Ron Leahy, Jack Ranney, Kirk Scanlon, Rick Skiles, Brad Smith, and City staff members Sabas Avila, Jon Clack, William Ford, Melani Howard, Matt Lewis and Jo Secrest.

The purpose of the comprehensive solid waste management plan is to design and implement an integrated solid-waste system that responds to the city’s goals and the impact of growth, using economies of scale and public-private partnerships. The scope of the project includes identification of urban growth and solid waste trends, review of existing services such as solid waste and recycling and identification of a community vision. The project  also is reviewing pay as you throw, brushy waste, hazardous waste, composting, solid waste, and recycling. The initiative will develop a comprehensive strategic plan emphasizing efficiencies, affordability, sustainability and public-private partnerships.

For more information, contact the Transportation Division of Public Services at 512-393-8036.

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