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News - April 16, 2010

Around Town

CUTTING THE WASTE ... Palo Alto officials have finally stumbled upon the best way to trim waste at City Hall — take away workers' trash cans. On March 29, the city introduced its three-sort recycling system, which involves separate containers for recyclables, compostables and plain old trash, to City Hall. Under the new system, which has also been adopted at local fire stations, Cubberley Community Center and the Regional Water Quality Control Plant, janitors collect only recyclable goods from individual work stations. Employees have to carry the other stuff to "centralized collection points," according to a new staff report by Rene Eyerly, the city's solid-waste manager. So far, the results seem promising. "After just two weeks, garbage services at City Hall have been reduced by 50 percent and recyclables collection has increased from two to three times per week," Eyerly reported. Staff plans to introduce this "zero-waste sort system" to the remaining city facilities over the next few months.

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