Archive for December, 2008

Streamlined Recycling for 2009: Saves Money and Time

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

A New Year’s treat from the City of Raleigh. Starting in 2009, the city is moving to single-stream collection for recycling. An article in the News & Observer: Raleigh to use new recycling trucks
cautions that customers shouldn’t be surprised to see a “traditional garbage truck picking up their recycling.” The new single stream also set’s us up for a larger recycle bin. I’m a huge fan of having a recycle bin as large as our trash bins.

Additional information from the City of Raleigh E-Newsletter:

RALEIGH TO GO TO SINGLE-STREAM RECYCLING JAN. 1

The City of Raleigh will transition to single-stream recycling collection on January 1. The change will mean that collection crews will no longer need to sort recyclable materials between paper products and containers. All recycling bins will simply be emptied into the truck. The transition will mean that crews will be able to cover more ground during their shifts.

“A lot of people like to help the crews and sort the materials themselves,” said City of Raleigh Waste Reduction Specialist Linda Leighton. “We have been asking people to put containers at the bottom of the bins and paper on top to make things easier. They won’t need to worry about it come January 1. The crews will simply dump everything into the truck.”

The change will come because of updates and improvements made by the City’s recycling contractor, Sonoco Recycling Inc. The company has invested more than $3.5 million and expanded its facility at 111 S. Rogers Lane by more than 22,000 square feet. As a result, the company changed from a manual system to a fully automated facility that can process twice as much material.

The transition will also reduce the fixed price the City receives from $26 per ton to $16 per ton. While the City will receive less revenue, the change should save the City money in both time and equipment. The split-body trucks used for dual-stream recycling cost $60,000 more than traditional rear-loading trucks. In fiscal year 2008-09 the new system will save $180,000 as three new trucks were previously scheduled for purchase.

“Residents should not be surprised to see what looks like a traditional garbage truck picking up their recycling and throwing it in the back of the truck – it is not destined for the landfill,” Mrs. Leighton added. “It is still going to the recycling facility, only now technology has stepped in to do what was previously done by the hands of our crews.”

Every recycling truck will be replaced with a rear loading truck as its life cycle expires. In a few years, the City will be able to switch over to carts for recycling collection instead of small recycling bins.

Raleigh 2008 Year in Review

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

City of Raleigh reviews 2008: Convention Center Opening, Drought, Economy Headline Raleigh’s 2008

2030 Focus Groups at the December 2008 RCAC

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

DDNA Focus Group Meeting on December 17, 2008

Time: 6:30-7:00 pm
Room 303, City Hall

Meeting Summary
The DDNA focus groups met to provide a brief overview of our goals, teams, and strategic approach. The main objective of the focus group is to review the 2030 Draft Comprehensive Plan by dividing up into five focus groups (Arts and Culture, Environmental Protection, Parks and Greenways, Transportation Systems, and Urban Form and Land Use) and provide written feedback and recommendations to the Planning Staff by the January 31, 2009 deadline. We did introductions for everyone, had some additional discussion about the team lead meeting that occurred on Monday and gave everyone some dates to save (January 8 from 6-7:30pm and January 14 from 6:30-8:30pm) where we will leverage other events for meeting time and space.

The team leads will be communicating to all stakeholders on their team by December 22, giving out reading assignment over the holidays and setting each of their teams schedules for January 2009. The teams then had a few minutes to divide up and have some discussion with their teams. We then transitioned to the Raleigh Citizen Advisory Council (RCAC) meeting. About half of the attendee’s were able to stay for that. (Additional notes below.)
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No Trash / Recycling / Yard Collections on December 25

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

The city of Raleigh is observing the Christmas Holiday on Wednesday, December 24, 2008 and Thursday, December 25, 2008. However, Solid Waste Services will not observe the City holiday on Wednesday, December 24, 2008, but Thursday, December 25, 2008 will be observed by the department. Collection routes that effect the Lineberry area:

  • Thursday, December 25, 2008 – Holiday, no collection. (Make up day on Saturday, December 27, 2008.)
  • Saturday, December 27, 2008 – Thursday’s garbage, recycling and yard waste routes will be collected.

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Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

From the City of Raleigh E-Newsletter:

CITY TO RECYCLE DISCARDED CHRISTMAS TREES

What’s an easy and environmentally friendly way to get rid of your Christmas tree following the holidays? Raleigh residents should place their discarded trees at the curb with regular yard waste on their scheduled collection day.

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DDNA 2030 Team Lead Meeting Notes (December 15)

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

2030 Team Lead Meeting – December 15, 2008. Several team leads met to determine the goal of the focus groups, create a calendar for milestones and meetings, identify current actions, strategize, and share knowledge.

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DDNA Sets 2030 Focus Group Dates

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Please save the following dates for our kickoff meetings. In order to try and gather before the holiday season, we’d like to piggy back off of the RCAC meeting to take advantage of meeting space, maps, resources, etc. Next week is an RCAC (Raleigh Citizens Advisory Council) meeting on December 17. Then after the new year, there is a public briefing of the draft 2030 Comprehensive Plan on January 8 that we’d like folks to attend. We will have our team leads organized by these meetings and ready to help guide the focus groups in the review of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan.

December 17, 2008 – 6:30-7:00 p.m. | 7:15 p.m.
Focus Groups will meet from 6:30-7:00 p.m., Room 303
Raleigh Citizen Advisory Council at 7:15 p.m., Room 305
Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex | 222 W. Hargett Street

January 8, 2009 – 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Raleigh Urban Design Center
133 Fayetteville Street

More details to follow. Again if you are interested in joining one of our five focus groups (Arts and Culture, Environmental Protection, Parks & Greenways, Transportation Systems, and Urban Form & Land Use) contact Jason Hibbets with your name, email, and group you’re interested in.

SWCAC Recap for December 8, 2008

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

The South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC) met on December 8, 2008 at Carolina Pines Park. The meeting included a Parks & Rec report, community asset mapping, a police report, an affordable housing update, and old/new items.
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Tour of Historic Homes in Glenwood-Brooklyn December 6, 2008

Friday, December 5th, 2008

The Historic Glenwood-Brooklyn Neighborhood Association is hosting their Tour of Historic Homes this Saturday:

Tour of Historic Homes
Saturday, December 6 from 1:00 – 7:00 PM
Tour Tickets: $10

Available the day of the tour at:

  • Jenkins Memorial United Methodist Church – 725 North Boylan Avenue

As Raleigh’s first planned subdivision, the early-to-mid-20th Century homes that line Glenwood Avenue and adjacent streets between Peace Street and Wade Avenue represent a great variety of architectural styles. With over 75% of the homes retaining their historic character, the Glenwood-Brooklyn Neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 2008 Tour of Historic Homes includes 8 homes and 1 business within our neighborhood. Enjoy free refreshments and live music at the church.

More information:

District D Organizing to Review Raleigh 2030 Plan

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Members of the District D Neighborhood Alliance are excited about Planning Raleigh 2030. The city held a Raleigh 2030 Comprehensive Plan Rollout & Open House last night on December 3rd, 2008.

There is a lot of material to be reviewed and it’s important that each of us participate and contribute feedback. The 2030 Comprehensive Plan Public Review Draft is now available. This plan will be Raleigh’s blueprint for the future. It will be the guide for future growth and development. And the cool part? You get to have a voice in it, but only if you participate.

Are you ready to provide feedback on Raleigh’s Comprehensive Plan for 2030? District D is organizing five citizen focus groups to review the plan to provide feedback and recommendations. But don’t worry, if you want to join you’re not signing up for a long-term commitment – feedback is due by January 31, 2009. The specific focus groups forming are:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Environmental Protection
  • Parks and Greenways
  • Transportation Systems
  • Urban Form and Land Use

If you are interested in participating in one of the focus groups, please contact Jason Hibbets with your name, email, and focus group of interest.