A public compost pile at the landfill? Curbside pickup of recyclable materials? Mandatory deposits on recyclable containers?

Like the rest of the country, Bountiful officials have had their share of public pressure to look into a comprehensive recycling program.Not sure how or which way to proceed, however, the mayor has directed City Manager Tom Hardy to appoint a "waste czar" to become a specialist in the economics and technologies of recycling.

Bountiful began a voluntary recycling program that was started last year with the help of Celestia Brunsdale, a Bountiful resident who has won national recognition for her recycling efforts.

Some citizens, however, feel the city should be doing more.

"Recycling is a responsible thing to do and we should be involved as a city," said Councilwoman Renee Coon.

Perhaps the city could start by helping to create a market for recyclable goods, implied resident Jack Billings, who asked how much recycled paper is purchased by the city.

City Manager Tom Hardy said the city does not have a policy that mandates the purchase of recycled paper, which is more expensive than virgin paper.

Hardy said the city probably would not save any money by recycling. In fact, a comprehensive program that included curbside recycling would be extremely expensive.

A comprehensive program could help extend the life of the city's landfill, which, under current waste-stream levels, is expected to be at capacity in about 30 years, Hardy said.

Councilman Les Foy said he would like to see a public compost pile set up in the landfill to accommodate yard waste.