Under proposed plan, businesses will get to choose whether to participate in city recycling program

When the city of Lawrence rolled out its residential recycling service a few years ago, all residents were required to pay for the service. As the city prepares to expand the service to businesses, the plan is looking quite different.

At their meeting Tuesday, Lawrence city commissioners will consider a pilot program for expanding the city’s single-stream recycling to businesses on a voluntary basis, but with fees perhaps higher than some expected.

The proposed business plan differs from the city’s residential service, in which all households pay a small but mandatory recycling fee whether they recycle or not. At the time, the thought was that the model would result in more people choosing to recycle.

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