Austin’s Parks and Recreation Recycling Task Force has recommended a number of ways Austin citizens can most efficiently recycle. The Austin instituted RRTF to the end of implementing ways to help reduce waste in the city by 90 percent by 2040. This was seen as an important initiative after the council found that recycling was one of the lowest areas of efficiency in the city. The task force has presented two plans: A one year plan that would cost the city $1.3 million or a two-year plan that would cost it $802,500.
Both plans involve the purchase and installation of 800 receptacles and 900 signs; the hiring of a recycling program coordinator, parks ground specialist, and temporary employees; public education; and ongoing collection and hauling services. In October 2016, it tentatively started working on the preparations for this plan. It currently oversees 20,000 acres of land, 51 aquatic facilities, 26 recreation, and senior centers, and 700 employees. The plan will be started in earnest after the city has approved the plan. The task force is chaired by Rick Cofer.
For a decade prior to taking up this role, Cofer has led the Law Office of Rick Cofer since 2008. During that time he has handled thousands of felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile court cases. He has also had a vast amount of experience handling DWI, assault, family violence, drug possession, theft, and juvenile charges. He is active with much of Austin’s work. Besides its Parka and Recreation Task Force, Cofer helps lead the Kind Clinic, Pease Park Conservancy, Ending Community Homelessness Coalition. He has also been active in service of the Democratic Party on local, state and national levels for more than ten years.
When he is not busy in his professional or civil work, Cofer enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with his dog, Lady Bird. He plans to soon adopt a second dog which he will name Truman.