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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.”

ROB DAVIS

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