SYRACUSE -- Local lawmakers appear to be in no hurry to initiate a city-driven curbside recycling program in this community.
Recycling was a major topic at a recent city work session, where members of the city council and the mayor looked at potential costs of starting a program to pick up cans, bottles and cardboard through Robinson Waste. The city already has a green-waste program.
Even though the issue was not up for vote, several members of the council expressed reservations about the city getting into the recycling business and the pros and cons of different methods to get residents on board with the program. Projected costs for the program started at $2.16 per month for a mandatory program and range up to $3.50 per household for an opt-in program.
"I don't think the city should be in the business of it," Councilman Craig Johnson said.
He said as long as there are private companies offering that option, he thinks the city should stay on the sideline.
City Manager Robert Rice suggested recycling helps address a much bigger issue on the horizon for local residents -- the issue of finding a new landfill. He said a recycling program can extend the life of the existing landfill in Layton.
"One of the hardest decisions will be to find another place for a landfill, especially as Davis County grows," Rice warned.
Councilman Doug Peterson said he knows there is some interest in having a recycling program, because he hears from people about it on a regular basis.
Mayor Jamie Nagle noted the recycling plan council officials discussed doesn't mandate anything.
A number of south Davis County communities, including Farmington, Centerville, Woods Cross and Bountiful have initiated recycling programs, but the efforts in Syracuse have extended only to green waste.
City Finance Director Steve Marshall put together some figures for what a recycling program might cost local residents, as part of a long-term view of city expenses and priorities. Marshall initiated discussion of the issues, as part of a pre-budget planning process.
City officials will begin putting together a budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year in the coming weeks. The budget year runs from July 1 to June 30, and officials are required to have a budget in place by June.