No one any longer expects recycling to double, but McMurtrie believes the city can at least match its former record of 12,000 tons. "Three percent growth would get us there in 51/2 years," he emails. "I think it's reasonable that we will do at least that good."
This article has been edited since it appeared in the January 2012 Ann Arbor Observer. The spelling of Kirk Lignell's last name has been corrected.
[Originally published in January, 2013.]