Rick Cofer Describes the Challenge Of Encouraging Recycling At Austin City Parks

November 8, 2018 @ 7:39 am

Rick Cofer is an Austin, Texas-based attorney who has worked as both a prosecutor and defense lawyer. He established his own law firm, The Law Office Of Rick Cofer, in 2008 and handles cases involving things such as driving under the influence, drug possession, charges involving juveniles, and family violence.

Over the past decade, he has handled thousands of cases and has won many of them. Rick Cofer says that each case is unique and he approaches it in an individualized manner. Each defense is tailored to his client’s particular situation and the charges they are facing. He is committed to achieving the best results possible for each case he manages and is available to his clients 24/7.

Beyond his law practice, Rick Cofer has been dedicated to improving the Austin community. He has taken leadership positions with several organizations including Pease Park Conservancy, Austin Parks & Recreation, the Kind Clinic, and Ending Community Homelessness Coalition. He is also very involved with the Democratic Party and pushing its ideals and values.

Rick Cofer is the chairman of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Task Force. This task force is looking at ways of paying for more of the waste collected at city parks to be recycled. Their latest initiative is Zero Waste Plan. Established in 2009, this initiative is working to reduce the amount of stuff going into landfills by 90% by 2040.

He says that so far these efforts have not been very good. Only a few parks have recycling bins set up and the large majority don’t have any type of recycling set up at all. Rick Cofer says there are two options on the table. The first one would cost $1.3 million and take one year. It would increase the monthly clean community fee by as much as 31 cents and also rely on the city’s budget and donors.

Rick Cofer says the other option is one that would cost $802,500 and take two years. It would rely on the same budget sources but would increase the fee by just up to 16 cents. He indicated that most of the team is thinking that the second option would be the right one.

He feels that it is more realistic for the plan to take two years versus one. The money would be enough to pay for 900 recycling signs and another 800 recycling receptacles to be installed.

 

 

 

 

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