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  AMENDED ORDER
  IN CITY COUNCIL
  March 5, 2012
COUNCILLOR TOOMEY
COUNCILLOR CHEUNG
MAYOR DAVIS
COUNCILLOR DECKER
COUNCILLOR KELLEY
COUNCILLOR MAHER
COUNCILLOR REEVES
VICE MAYOR SIMMONS
COUNCILLOR VANBEUZEKOM

WHEREAS: The City of Cambridge has made great strides in increasing the amount of recyclable materials collected through curbside pick up with the introduction of single stream recycling; and
    
WHEREAS: An increase in recyclable materials results in an increase in sellable materials; and 
    
WHEREAS: The City of Cambridge currently does not pick up recycling or trash from businesses even if they are along an active curbside pick up route; and 
    
WHEREAS: Small businesses in Cambridge pay a higher commercial tax rate yet they do not receive the same services as residents paying a lower rate; and 
     
WHEREAS: Small businesses are required to have recycling and trash removal contracts with private haulers that can meet the specific pickup needs of the business; and 
   
WHEREAS: This results in various trucks picking up at different times and different businesses creating congestion and contributing to air pollution on the streets in our business districts; and 
    

WHEREAS:

The City of Cambridge has made a commitment to actively pursue ways to reduce vehicle trips within the city; and 
 
WHEREAS:

If small businesses operating along existing curbside pick up routes were included in curbside collection on regularly scheduled days it could potentially reduce truck traffic and vehicle trips within the City of Cambridge, reduce congestion,  help save small businesses money by reducing one recycle pickup per week, increase the amounts of recyclables collected by the city with minimum impact on the program since the trucks are already operating in the area, and could help to encourage businesses to use the recycle center for further cost savings resulting in cost saving for Cambridge; now therefore be it

    

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the Commissioner of Public Works with the intention of devising a plan for implementing separate trash or recycling curbside pick up for small businesses along existing curbside pick up routes and to report back to the City Council. 
     
ORDERED: That any analysis of the separate programs should include extended benefits such as reduced truck traffic and improved air quality as well as cost or additonal revenue to the city. 

  In City Council March 5, 2012
Adopted as amended by the affirmative vote of eight members.
Attest:- Donna P. Lopez, Interim City Clerk
  

A true copy;
  

ATTEST:-
                          Donna P. Lopez, Interim City Clerk
COUNCILLOR REEVES VOTED AS ABSTAINING ON THIS MATTER.
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