The banning of single use plastic has become widespread across the world. More cities are implementing laws and bans to help the environment and create a healthier lifestyle and world for the upcoming generations. However, in 2018, Austin residents were disappointed to learn that Texas Supreme Court made a decision to dismantle the ban of single use plastic. Many of the residents of Austin will continue to use reusable bags instead of plastic, despite the decision.
Rick Cofer, a criminal defense attorney in Travis county and a chairman of the Austin Parks and Recreation, agrees in the banning of single plastic use and believes that retailers will uphold that ban despite plastic still being available. Rick Cofer also serves in many different non-profits that benefit the environment, one of them being chairman of the Austin Zero Waste Commission, where he has led communities into recycling more and using less plastic. Since the ban on single plastic use was reversed, he has made it a mission to create more recycling areas available in parks. There are many parks that have no recycling whatsoever, so Rick Cofer has proposed different plans and budgets to make that a reality.
Two of the proposals of budget plans that the Parks and Recreation Recycling Task Force have presented are:
Option A: A one-year plan that would cost more than $1.3 million, and that money would come from the city’s budget, donors, and from a monthly clean community fee increase of 31 cents.
Option B: A two year-plan of $802,500 and the money would come from the same sources as Option A. However, the monthly clean community fee would only be 16 cents.
Although there is a proposal, one of the hurdles the task force is facing is the actual planning. There can’t be much done if there is a proposal but no action is put into either of the plans. The money from the sources would go into a recycling program coordinator, 800 additional receptacles, 900 signs at all Parks and Recreation facilities, a park ground specialist, public education, temporary employees, and ongoing collection and hauling services. Rick Cofer is really pushing for the city to recycle and take up on either option in order to not just be a city that talks the talk about recycling and being environmentally friendly. To know more about Rick Cofer visit medium.com