Matt Claman Against Recycling?!?

19 05 2008

What the….??? I did a big fat double-take when I heard that Matt Claman, new assembly chair was siding with the likes of Dan Coffey (ex chair), Chris Birch, Jennifer Johnston and Debbie Ossiander to delay voting on recycling in Anchorage schools. It just didn’t compute that Matt Claman, ex-chair of Alaska Center for the Environment, and someone who has been working for recycling for so long pulled a switcheroo. That’s SO last Assembly.

So, a bunch of bewildered and slightly ticked-off recyclers yesterday asked, “So what do you have to say for yourself?!” Here it is from the horse’s mouth.

“I will give my 100% support to a city-wide recycling program that is sustainable and economically viable. I am pleased that the Assembly approved the curbside recycling plan for Solid Waste Services by a unanimous vote on May 6, 2008.
Features of the city-wide recycling plan before the Assembly include school
district-wide recycling and additional drop-off sites in South Anchorage, East
Anchorage, and Eagle River. At our May 20 meeting, the Assembly will decide whether to address the city-wide recycling plan as early as June 10, 2008. Implementing a school district-wide recycling plan is a major policy change for the Anchorage School District. I believe Anchorage residents want the School Board to approve the plan before the Assembly makes its final decision on the same plan.
At the same May 6 meeting, I was surprised to learn that the Anchorage School Board
had not approved the school district recycling plan proposed by the Administration. Even though the Administration has been working on a recycling plan for two years, they have not coordinated their proposal with the School Board. Superintendent Carol Comeau has confirmed that she supports sustainable and economically viable recycling in all 100 school facilities. Superintendent Comeau is optimistic that the School Board will be able to consider a district-wide recycling plan at its meeting on June 9, 2008.
I encourage all recycling supporters to attend the School Board meeting on Monday, June 9. I am optimistic that the School Board will approve a recycling plan on June 9. I am hopeful that the Assembly will be ready to address that plan at our meeting on Tuesday, June 10.”

So there you have it. Sounds like Anchorage recycling advocates need to have a double-header the second week of June. I know you’re weary, but the end is in sight. Don’t let the Assembly off the hook on June 10th, (especially if you want new drop-off sites in East Anchorage, South Anchorage and Eagle River) but perhaps more importantly, show up at the School Board meeting on Monday, June 9th. If the School Board approves the plan and it dies in the Assembly, they’ll have some splainin’ to do.