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Ripon may subsidize recycling program
Ripon Recycle
Bulletin file photo Ripon Councilman Leo Zuber inspects the recycling compactor


The Bulletin

The City of Ripon along with the Ripon Unified School District and American Recycling have a unique recycling program in place.

It’s a program that operates through a combination of volunteers as organized by the Parent Faculty Clubs of RUSD and limited City personnel while benefiting students of the district for the last 15 years.

At tonight’s 6 p.m. meeting in the Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave., the Ripon City Council will discuss staff’s recommendation to help subsidize this program in order to keep the price of cardboard to $60 per ton.

“RUSD receives the benefit of claiming credit for the recycled content, which is then distributed evenly among each of the schools,” said Engineering Supervisor James Pease in his report to the council.

He added that the City receives the benefit of claiming credit for the recycled solid waste being diverted from the landfill, which is a regulatory requirement set by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery or Cal Recycle.

Cal Recycle calculates and sets an annual target of the number of pounds per person per day of disposal waste that goes in the landfill, according to Pease.

“Each City has a different target amount calculated, using base figures from when the program began with the implementation of the California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989,” he said.

The City of Ripon is currently in good standing and below the targeted amount set by Cal Recycle,” Pease noted. “This is due in part to the amount of material recycled at the recycling center that would otherwise end up in the landfill.”

In other agenda items:

uCouncil members could look to adopt the resolution approving the agreement for the lease and operation of the Mistlin Indoor Sports Facility with Rage Volleyball Club.

uThey’ll also conduct a second reading and adoption of the ordinance amending “Commissions,” in turn, eliminating the Community & Youth Commission and the Historical Museum Commission.

uElected leaders could agree to support the Altamont Corridor Vision Phase I Improvement Program.

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