Craig Benedetto, a spokesman for the Building Owners and Managers Association, called with a follow-up on our Monday story about the mandatory recycling ordinance the city is drafting.

He criticized the city’s environmental services department for refusing to engage in a discussion about what steps could be taken to provide recycling bins at offices and apartments – without making it mandatory.

Benedetto said the city should first educate the private sector and rental associations, while determining what obstacles keep recycling from being available. He asked: Is it cost? Concerns about a lack of space? Community reluctance?

“Every time we throw that out to them, it doesn’t go anywhere,” Benedetto said. “I think they’re trying to take the easy way out.”


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