Fort Worth Code Compliance aims to increase recycling

first_img10th-annual Frogstock features student-led music ReddIt Kayley Ryan Facebook Fort Worth recognized for growing music scene Kayley Ryan City to approve Westcliff rezoning, tackle loopholes that allow “stealth dorms” $800 million bond looks to expand JPS medical and behavioral health facilities Kayley Ryan Kayley Ryan Linkedin Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Linkedin Previous articleCelebrity Dish (Ep. 09 – The Best and the Worst of 2016)Next articleInternational students’ journey to TCU Kayley Ryan RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter printFort Worth’s landfill is expected to be full within 25 years.That and a growing population that’s expected to hit one million within the next 10 to 15 years has city officials looking for ways to reduce waste.The goal is to recycle 40 percent of all waste within the next seven years. Fort Worth’s current recycling rate is 21.8 percent, according to city officials. The city’s 2016-2036 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan is awaiting city council approval.The plan would emphasize diverting commercial waste from the landfill, considering that two-thirds of waste in Fort Worth comes from businesses and only one-third from residents, said Joao Pimentel, senior planner for the city’s solid waste services division.But residents say they want to do their part.The recycling bins should be larger than the garbage bins, said Dennis Stuart, a Tanglewood resident.“Mine get filled up before the trash can,” Stuart said. “Those fill up in three days, then what do you do?”Overton Park resident Lee Ann Carrell also wants larger recycling bins and more of them in public places. She said that a composting option would be beneficial as well.“It would be more natural than other fertilizer,” Carrell said.Incentives, partnerships and awareness could help encourage businesses to utilize services already available to them, Joao Pimentel, senior planner for the city’s solid waste services division.For example, Cowboy Compost is a service that collects, sorts and delivers food waste from businesses and residents around Fort Worth to facilities that will compost the food scraps to create nutrient-rich soil.Connecting businesses to these existing services could help create a more sustainable Fort Worth, said Robert Smouse, assistant director of the city’s solid waste services division.Residents recycle at a rate of 70 percent, but the plan aims for 90 percent, or about 14,000 tons of diverted waste.Recyclables that can be diverted from the waste stream include significant percentages of paper, plastics and, the biggest contributor, food, according to statistics from the solid waste services division of Fort Worth Code Compliance.Fort Worth 2014 MSW Composition (after recycling) Create pie chartsFort Worth’s growth could shorten the lifespan of its Southeast Landfill. It takes in 3,000 tons, or 240,000 full bags of a trash a day, said Jane Berry, operations supervisor of the landfill.Smouse said collaborating with the community of Fort Worth is key to reducing the amount of waste that would normally go to the landfill.“We’re wanting to work with residents, businesses, to reach those goals together rather than big government telling them what to do,” Smouse said.The city hopes to raise awareness about waste through open house meetings, workshops, on-the-street interviews and online surveys, said Smouse.Community feedback pinpoints recycling and waste disposal as a top priority for residents, though not as important as clean water and air, according to a 2014 survey listed in the plan.Overton Park resident David Greer said he agrees with what the city was trying to do.“It’s obviously a good thing if we’re trying to prevent trash from landfills,” Greer said.The city is considering allowing for larger recycling bins that could be offset by the cost of smaller garbage bins.Residents can choose from three sizes of garbage bins with the pay-as-you-throw program.The city would need to change its existing “pay-as-you-throw” program to make the smallest garbage bins the least costly, not the most.The plan proposes adding economic incentives for residents who compost in their backyard and providing reward/tax credit incentives for businesses that recycle.In order to improve the quality of recyclables, rather than recycle glass at home, it would be left at drop-off stations around the city, which already accept reusable materials such as electronics, tires and yard waste.Smouse said the cost of the new plan could include some tax increases but didn’t give specifics. He said the plan was more of a playbook and would fluctuate in response to market and technology shifts.Pimentel said the greatest cost comes from the landfill. Between 2010 and 2013, the estimated cost of lost revenue from what could have been recycled, but was instead buried in the landfill amounted to $13 million, said Pimentel.Pimentel said he hopes residents and businesses understand the importance of recycling, from a financial and waste management standpoint.“People tend to think of the garbage fairy,” Pimentel said. “That material goes somewhere. To understand where it goes would be very important.” Twitter Kayley Ryan + posts ReddIt Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Facebooklast_img read more

University professor held over Internet article about royal family

first_img Reporters Without Borders condemns law professor Mohammed Abdallah Al-Abdulkarim’s detention in Riyad since 5 December for writing an article for a website about splits within the Saudi royal family.Abdulkarim, 40, was arrested at his home by four men with no warrant on 5 December, 12 days after posting an article on the website ( about 86-year-old King Abdallah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud’s departure for the United States for medical reasons. It referred not only to his health problems but also to differences in the royal family over the succession and named potential successors.He is currently held in Al-Hair prison south of the capital, where he has not been allowed any contact or communication with his family. There has been no official word as to whether formal charges have been brought against him.Abdulkarim teaches law at Imam Mohammed bin Saud University, one of the country’s leading Islamic universities. He is also a member of many Arab and international human rights organizations and is known for his defence of political and civil rights.The news of his arrest was revealed by a post on his Facebook page. Since then, it has been reported on many other websites and has been publicly condemned by Saudi human rights organizations. The Human Rights Observatory in Saudi Arabia called it a clear violation of the principles of good governance and human rights and said a dangerous gulf was growing between the country’s royal family and its subjects. The Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA) condemned the interior ministry’s police-state mentality and urged the authorities to respect their human rights obligations.Several Facebook pages and a Twitter hashtag (#FreeDrAbdulkarim) have been created to campaign for his immediate release. The “We are all Mohammed Abdulkarim” Facebook page already has more than 300 members while the “Free Dr. Abdulkarim” page has about 650.Abdulkarim is not the only netizen currently detained in Saudi Arabia. Sheikh Mekhlef bin Dahhamal-Shammari, a writer, human rights activist and social reformer, has been held since 15 June (read more) Shammari’s arrest is believed to have been prompted by his criticism of political and religious leaders, especially in articles posted on the Saudiyoon ( and Rasid ( news websites. He wrote about poverty and unemployment, the government’s failure to promote tourism, its discrimination against the Shiite minority and its obsession with public morality and keeping men and women apart.The Internet is heavily censored in Saudi Arabia. The authorities claim to be blocking access to around 400,000 websites. Sites covering religious issues, human rights and opposition statements are usually inaccessible but was still accessible yesterday.Saudi Arabia is ranked 157th out of 178 countries in the 2010 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index and is on the organization’s list of “Enemies of the Internet”, while King Abdallah is on its list of the 40 “Predators of Press Freedom.” to go further RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en News April 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts December 7, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 University professor held over Internet article about royal familycenter_img June 8, 2021 Find out more Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Saudi Arabia Organisation News News March 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

What Will Housing Trends Look Like After COVID-19 Vaccines?

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share 1Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago 2021-01-11 Christina Hughes Babb Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Expect the housing market in 2021 to “settle somewhere in between where we were before COVID and where we were during COVID,” says Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for’s recent article entitled, “How the Rollout of COVID-19 Vaccines Could Help, and Hurt, the U.S. Housing Market.”More homes will be on the market in the coming year, wrote Clare Trepasso for”So desperate buyers won’t need to put in offers and waive contingencies before they’ve even finished touring the properties,” she said.But inventory can only increase gradually.”Some people will feel comfortable listing their home during the first half of 2021,” says Ali Wolf, Chief Economist for Zonda, a real estate consultancy. “Others will want to wait until the vaccines are widely distributed. This suggests more inventory will be for sale in late 2021 and into the spring selling season in 2022.” also predicts prices will not dip, but they also will not continue escalating so rapidly.Increased new-construction starts of late will take some of the pressure off the market, reports. There are likely to be fewer bidding wars as buyers have more homes to choose from, they say, citing CoreLogic’s Chief Economist Frank Nothaft. “The very rapid home price growth that we have seen over the last few months should start to moderate,” he said. “I expect price growth to slow.”With the rollout of a vaccine, pandemic-induced trends—such as very low interest rates and suburban migration, to name a couple—could begin to reverse.”Rates hit record lows as a response to the wounded economy,” noted Trepasso for “As hiring begins again in earnest and people begin spending again, the economy will improve and rates will likely tick up.”As for the suburban shift, “Don’t write off city living”—that’s advice from Zonda’s Wolf to “The return to a non-socially distanced life brings with it the draw to be around other people again, especially as restaurants, bars, sporting events, and concerts fully open. As the appeal of cities returns, so will strong demand for townhomes and condos near downtowns.”That said, other real estate trends may prove more permanent.Bigger families who have found contentment in the suburbs won’t likely give up their new lifestyles, for one, say the experts.”They can get more square footage for their money in the burbs, perfect for a home office or a spot to home-school the kids in, a yard for the children to play in, and a good school district,” Trepasso reported. “That’s why the suburbs became the place to be during the pandemic. Thanks to Zoom and other technology, they’re likely to stay that way, at least for the foreseeable future.”The realization by many homeowners that increased square footage os the key to at-home happiness also isn’t apt to dissipate anytime opines that the “bigger is better” housing-market mantra could replace “location, location, location.””They’ll have lasting memories of the pandemic,” says CoreLogic’s Nothaft. “People will want to have more space between them and their neighbors.” Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Previous: Black Book 2021 Profile: Diaz Anselmo Lindberg, P.A. Next: Garden State Considers Program to Mitigate High Foreclosure Rates The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago What Will Housing Trends Look Like After COVID-19 Vaccines? About Author: Christina Hughes Babb The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago January 11, 2021 1,426 Views Home / Daily Dose / What Will Housing Trends Look Like After COVID-19 Vaccines? Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly,, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Subscribelast_img read more