In addition to being good for the environement recycling can save a municipality signficant sums of money by reducing the amount spent on landfilling garbage.

For years city officials in Buffalo have debated how to improve its dismal recycling rate. Penalties have been discussed offering incentives has been discussed, yet Buffalo has a dismal rate of recycling 8% of all of its curbside garbage. Baltimore County Maryland has experienced record breaking recycling numbers by changing two simple items:

1) Residents are not required to sort their recycables before putting it out to the street.

2) Recycables are picked up every week. No need for residents to figure out whether this week or next is a recycling pick up and no need to have items stored for up to two weeks before a pick up. Baltimore used to do a paper pick up one week and a bottle pick up another week.

Buffalo is trying a new recycling effort by providing residents with carts to put all materials in without sorting but with a biweekly pickup. Hopefully this new effort will improve recycling.

As the success with recycling in Baltimore shows, the public wants government programs to be simple and consistent.

About The Author

The definition of reinvent is:to replace with an entirely new version, to make over completely, to recast something familiar or old into a different form.In my opinion we need to reinvent government, business and ourselves. Today’s world is about constant change driven by the power of new ideas.For the past 17 years as an attorney, I have worked in government at the county, city, authority and school district level in the Buffalo, NY area. I have seen first hand the need for reinventing how government operates. For a period of four years, I served as Chief of Staff to the 9 member City of Buffalo Common Council. Government must engage the talents and skills of its citizens by becoming more collaborative and transparent in its decision-making and operations. Utilizing technology as a tool to engage citizens is something all governments need to explore.I have great respect for entrepreneurs as they put their passion into a vision, which results in new products, new services and new jobs. Entrepreneurs are on the front lines of change. As an adjunct college instructor, I see how students and everyone for that matter must continually change and reinvent themselves to survive and be successful in today’s crazy world economy.Some of my favorite change agent writers are Tom Peters, Seth Godin, Gary Hamel and Guy Kawasaki. I welcome the opportunity to meet new people, to further my own learning and to share ideas.On a personal note I am 47 years old, my other half Cheryl is an attorney in private practice and together we have three children, Michael age 20 and Joseph age 14 and our newest shock of an addition Julia, born 11/2/11.