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Page 10-The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition - Thursday, September 6, 1990

City proposes excess

by Donna Woodwell
Daily Staff Reporter
Ann Arbor residents may soon
have to pay for excess trash.
Under a proposal currently under
consideration by the city council,
sanitation workers would collect
only one 35 gallon trash can or bag
weekly from each household. Pick-
up of additional garbage would re-
quire each household to purchase
stickers costing $1 for each extra bag
or can. The proposal also includes a
$4 per cubic yard dumpster disposal
fee for all businesses and apartment
complexes.
Ann Arbor City Council
members listened to concerns about
the proposal from landlords and envi-
ronmentalists at a public hearing
Tuesday night.
Critics and supporters of the
proposal agree that off-campus rental
fees would increase next fall to cover
the pick-up costs. One landlord who
spoke at the hearing said the
proposal could cut his rental profits
by 10 to 20 percent, an increase
which would eventually have to be
passed on to his tenants. More than
half of the University's 35,000 stu-
dents live in off campus housing in
Ann Arbor
Duane Black, owner of 18
student-leased apartments on Hill and
South University, expressed concern
over November fee hikes since this
year's leases do not take the extra
cost into account.

'It is inevitable. Garbage prices arer
over the country... BFI and other lan
operators are raising their rates up t
percent. Our garbage has finally con
to haunt us.'
Mik
Environmental Issues Co
Ann Arbor Ecolo

Black also voiced concern about
illegal dumping by those who want
to avoid the extra fee. "There isn't a
week that goes by that I don't find
somebody's put a refrigerator or a
stove... in one of my dumpsters," he
said.
He was particularly concerned
about students in the residence halls
using his dumpsters. "How can I get
them to be responsible if they don't
have to pay for it? They're going to
throw it here, there and everywhere."
Mike Garfield, environmental
issues coordinator at the Ann Arbor
Ecology center, supports the
proposal but does not consider it
ideal. Illegal dumping will increase
and "rents might go up, but in the
long run the money is going to be
spent for recycling."
"It is inevitable. Garbage prices
are rising all over the country,"
Garfield said. "BFI and other landfill
operators are raising their rates up to
50 percent. Our garbage has finally
come back to haunt us."

He said he hope(
be a recycling incenti
recycles 6 percent of
it should be recyclin
its waste."
Ann Arbor Sol
partment officials pr
will experience mcr
but exact figures ha
determined. One offi
of municipal service
and gas often increa
and landlords should1
that such increases w
The department
revenue to make
million deficit. Incr
transport and dumpin
ing-Ferris Industries
Salem township acc
the deficit.
The city's own la
currently undergoin
expansion approved
$28 million dollar t
these funds aref
cleaning up the

garbage fee j
construction of a recycling plant, and
rising all monthly curbside recycling pick-upsv
dfill and do not cover increases in solid
wasthe proposed fee hike will not
me back directly affect the University, whose
waste is collected and taken directly ;
ke Garfield to the BFI landfill by University:
ordinator, vehicles. But the increasing costs of.-
landfill dumping at the landfill are
)gY Center one of the many causes of annuat
tuition hikes.
d the fee would Director of Housing Facilitiel
ve. "Ann Arbor George SanFacon said that the-
its waste when University's Plant and Grounds De-
g 60 percent of partment budgets nearly $1 million -
annually to dispose of over 50,000
id Waste De- cubic yards of solid waste. "I would.
roject landlords imagine that would be enough to fill:
reases in costs, the administration building several
ve not yet been times," he said.
vial said the cost The Plant Operations Department
s such as water collects garbage from almost all
ase in mid-year university property except the main
have been aware hospital, which is handled by a
ere possible. private contractor. Residence halls
needs the extra account for more than half of the
up for a $1.7 total, but are also the sites of the
easing costs for most intensive recycling programs.
ig at the Brown- Students are never enthusiastic
(BFI) landfill in about tuition increases, but most
ount for most of supported possible rate hikes to fund
recycling projects. "Students are
ndfill is full and creating the problem, students;
g clean-up and should help solve it," said first-year.
by last April's student Tim Alsop.
bond. However, "If it goes towards recycling it's",
earmarked for worth it," said first-year student Nick
city's landfill, Gupta.

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U owns an orchard full of Macintoshes

Karen Akerlof
Daily NSE Contributor
More Apple Macintoshes than
anywhere outside of Texas.
Last spring, MacWeek Magazine
revealed the University, with 8,350
computers, was the third largest
owner of Apple Macintosh comput-
ers in the country.
Ranking behind Dartmouth Col-
lege and The University of Texas,
the University fell from its 1988
first place standing.
But heads of Dartmouth's com-

puting facilities say they don't own
as many Macs as MacWeek reported,
raising the University to second, just
behind Texas.
Nancy Hossfeld, assistant director
for User Communications at Dart-
mouth, said although the college has
an extensive network of Macin-
toshes, the number MacWeek quoted
was off by approximately 25 per-
cent.
Located in Hanover, NH with
4000 students, the college owns ap-
proximately 6000 Macintoshes,
2214 less than reported in MacWeek.
"We aren't bent out of shape
about it, but we would like it to be
accurate," Hossfeld said.
MacWeek Senior Editor Rochelle
Garner said she wasn't pleased with
the accuracy of the research for the

story, but the magazine would not
print a retraction. "We didn't lie, we
printed the best information we had
available."
Dartmouth College is unique in
that six years ago it decided com-
puter literacy should be an important
part of Dartmouth's education and
began to require most students to
purchase a $1,300 - $1,500 Macin-
tosh computer package. Approxi-
mately 85 percent of the student
body now owns Macs.
The number MacWeek magazine
printed reflected computers owned by
institutions, not by individual stu-
dents or faculty.
Deborah Masten, associate direc-
tor for Public Facilities, spent a
couple of days counting Michigan's
Macs for the magazine, seeking out

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departments and centers within the
University with high concentrations
of Macs and finally arriving at the
number 8,350.
Masten had little reaction to the
University's status change in the.
computer world.
"That article came out so long
ago, I don't even remember it," she
said.
The Mac hit the market early in
1984, and by October of that year
Michigan's public computing sites
acquired the first version of the Maw
intosh. At that time, Masten said,
Information Technology Develop-
ment equipped these sites with ati
equal number of Macs and IBM\
clones. But, Masten said, "The
choice of the users was the Apple
Macintosh."
Most of the computers in the
public computing sites are now
Macs. In the next year Masten ex-
pects to buy another 100"computer
for the public computing centers
and ninety to 95 percent of those
machines will be Macs.
When University users go to buy
personal computers, not surpris
ingly, they buy Macs, Masten said.
The University negotiates with-
Apple, Inc., Zenith and IBM to offer
See MACS, page 13

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