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Do you want MKE to end a composting system that other cities embrace successfully?
With no warning to its customers, the City of Milwaukee will be quietly ending its successful four-year Pilot Organics Collection Program, which has included all food and compostable food containers. On Jan 30th potential waste haulers received a Request For Proposal (RFP) from the MKE Department of Public Works (DPW). The new RFP is for a minimum of five years and does NOT mandate food waste to be picked up by the hauler. It is now only an option.
Where is the political will or farsighted leadership concerning Organics Diversion in MKE? Based on this RFP, the city is seeking a quick solution to end the compost pilot program. The longer term vision of a triple-bottom line of
- greening our city
- building entrepreneurship
- city jobs (there is no requirement that the company employ MKE residents or be based in MKE) are lost.
Landfill diversion goals, building healthy soils with nutrient-rich compost or supporting small businesses and local jobs are not reflected in any aspect of this RFP.