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News - March 5, 2010

Around Town

TRASHY TACTICS ... A YouTube video starring garbage, a reusable coffee mug, bumper stickers on city vehicles and a barrage of "cute signs" are all props being considered by Palo Alto officials as they look to educate the citizenry about sound recycling practices. The city is in the midst of revising its recycling and composting ordinance — an effort scheduled to conclude this summer. The objective, according to a city statement, is to reach the city's goals of a 15 percent reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020 and Zero Waste by 2021 (that is, no more waste sent to landfills by 2021). In the coming weeks, residents and business owners will have a chance to attend meetings and share their own ideas for improving the city's recycling program. City officials have already held several outreach meetings in February and worked with attendees to compile a 10-page list of ideas. These ranged from the benign ("catchy slogans" "Facebook presence") to the curious ("garbage parties") to the merciless (bright tags on violators' trash cans) to the angry and laconic ("Shame them!"). Staff plans to hold more outreach meetings and compile a draft ordinance in May. The next meeting for residential customers will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Lucie Stern Community Center Ballroom, 1305 Middlefield Road. Another meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 9 (same location). A meeting for commercial customers is scheduled for 9 a.m. on March 9 at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

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