Ed Regel, the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Longmont Association of REALTORS told the City Council that the Association does not support mandatory composting at a study session last week. While incentives to encourage residents to compost are not at all problematic to the Association, the idea that the City could require all residents to pay the composting fee (estimated to be at least $6 per month) was not something the Board of Directors could support. REALTORS support incentives over requirements and this was the basis for the Board’s determination that it could not support the proposal.
The City already offers composting at the Waste Diversion Center but a group of residents wants the convenience of curbside pick up of composting bins. Several members of the Council had qualms about a composting requirement (Gabe Santos and Brian Bagley) but some like Mayor Dennis Coombs argued that stewardship of the planet is a reasonable financial trade-off for a mandatory fee. Ultimately the Council decided it needed more information to make a decision and staff was asked to return by the end of the year or early 2016 with more data (which would at least delay any plans to implement the concept until 2017).