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MAKE NO MISTAKE. One look at the last three years of financial statements of Recycle Ann Arbor, and the company’s losses make it clear that CEO Melinda Uerling was struggling to keep the company, controlled by the Ann Arbor Ecology Center, afloat. Most recently, city staffers went before Council with a resolution for a taxpayer bailout of Recycle Ann Arbor because the estimates of how much more would be recycled when single-stream recycling went live were off by 40 percent.
There was finger-pointing. Tom McMurtrie, the city staffer who oversees the management of the recycling program, who approved the estimates made by a consultant from a company owned by a member of Recycle Ann Arbor’s Board of Director’s, a man who also sits on the Ann Arbor Environmental Commission, blamed RRS, the consulting firm. Recycle Ann Arbor’s CEO blamed city officials whom she claimed never allowed Recycle Ann Arbor