More people means more garbage. That’s why the New Braunfels City Council will hear details about a new comprehensive solid waste management plan when it meets on Monday night.

Michael Mundell, solid waste manager for the city said with the increased growth and demand on their services, they felt there was a need for a comprehensive plan to be able to establish some goals and provide a path for the city to reduce the amount of trash going to the landfill.

“I think it’s the first comprehensive plan that the city of New Braunfels has ever done,” Mundell said. “And were getting it done at a very pivotal time in the city’s growth that we can utilize it in an effort to try to reduce the amount of waste, so that the landfill can be around for many years to come.”

The plan will focus on what growth means for the city — which is more garbage.

“We’ll address capacity issues,” Mundell said. “Make sure that with constantly growing population we’re not going to overrun the facilities where we currently bring and recycle to with trash,” Mundell said. 

The plan will also look at solutions for waste reduction and minimization, reuse and recycling and waste treatment for energy and resource recovery.

Mundell said the last option should be the landfill.

“We want to take some of that waste and treat it or reprocess it for energy,” Mundell said. “So there may be options in that nature.”

The original cost for the comprehensive solid waste management plan was an estimated $115,000. There was also an additional $30,000 to add a cost of service/rate model analysis.

Parks Month

July is National Parks and Recreation Month, and the city’s website is encouraging residents to visit the community parks.

The city’s parks and recreation department is celebrating with a proclamation from the City Council, as well as offering buy one/get one free admission for all of July for Landa Park Paddle Boats on Mondays, Miniature Golf on Tuesdays and the Aquatic Complex on Wednesdays.

The department is also encouraging residents to visit one of the Rec n’ Roll locations and upload an Instagram post with the hash tag, #Gammons from July 6 to July 28, for a chance to win a prize.

Meeting

The City Council meeting will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 8, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 550 Landa Street.

For more information and to see the full agenda visit: http://www.nbtexas.org/382/Agendas-Minutes

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