"What you're going to have decide is, How punitive do you want to be?" said Shenkman, adding he would like to emphasize education and information to get residents to keep 90% of recyclables out of trash. Nonetheless, recyclables placed in the trash will be separated when it reaches the processing plant, he said.
Councilwoman Debbie Cook said she was enthusiastic about the program.
"I think our neighboring cities will be jealous," she said.
Shenkman said he hopes the proposal gets approved by April 2006 and that the carts and trucks will be purchased several months later. A public information campaign would be launched by January 2007, and the initial rollout would start three months later. Shenkman said he hopes the system is fully implemented by September or October 2007.
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