At their last meeting the Johnson County Commissioners approved a catering permit for the Bozeman Trail Steakhouse for the upcoming Elk Foundation Dinner at the fairgrounds.
During the discussions, Phil Gonzales with the Recycling Board, waiting to make a presentation to the commission, asked if they could somehow pass a directive asking groups that use the fairgrounds for various events to recycle as much of their materials as they can.
The commission agreed to adopt the recommendations, draft them and add them to the paperwork to fill out for use of the county's facilities.
Gonzales then gave the commission a report on recycling in the county, how it has been going and how much it needs to improve to extend the life of the landfill.
Gonzales said changing the public's mindset is imperative for a cultural change to increase the percentages of persons and households participating in the recycling program.
He challenged all county offices and the commissioners to do as much as they can to improve recycling.
Possible increases in landfill fees and other incentives must be looked into for future.
He gave five “incentives” the county can use to get county employees and residents more likely to recycle.
1.Lead By Example. 2.Appoint someone in staff meetings to help facilitate change. 3. Change Policies. 4.Help Recycling Board Change Culture. 5. Set Policy.
The commissioners committed to help better the recycling effort in the county.