Recycling Centers And Local Level Politics…

I recently wrote a letter to the editor of our small town newspaper in response to some members of the city council not wanting to fund the local recycle center.  Here it is:

Dear Editor,

It troubles me to see that our local government would even consider shutting down our recycling center. Some say “the constituents in my district don’t use it” so therefore I don’t want to fund it. How shortsighted can some elected officials be! I am an avid recycler, probably 80 percent of my waste goes there every year. I don’t “use” the recycling center for me, I use it to be a good caretaker of my little part of this earth. Would it be simpler to just toss it all into one big barrel to be carted of to the landfill? Sure it would but we all need to think about future generations. We must realize that our resources on this earth are not limitless; they will eventually be used up.

Yeah, I could point to the thousands of dollars I give to support our local schools yet have never benefited from a dime of those expenses. Even though I don’t benefit in the least I see the overall good and support them. They say the center needs about $100,000 per year to keep it running. That adds up to about $5 a year per citizen. How about we skip a Starbucks coffee once a year or maybe a couple of beers and instead send that money to the recycling center. We spend $6 million dollars a year for our local schools. It just takes two percent of that amount to be good caretakers on our earth? It is money well spent.

RJ Walters

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Landfill Recovery Operator of America

After sending the letter a vision came to me of 22nd century mining operations above all our landfills trying to recover all the natural resources we threw out in the 20th and 21st centuries.

2 thoughts on “Recycling Centers And Local Level Politics…

  • At the rate we’re going, I think it remains to be seen if there’s a planet worth living in in the 22nd century, never mind the possibility of mining the resources we threw out so carelessly… great points re: schools & public contributions… we can spend 5$ each to make trash but not to pick up after ourselves?

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    • Thanks for the comment Tom. I live in a very red State and county so different, and in my opinion very wrong headed, priorities prevail. The county council just approved another guard for the circuit courts with a vote of 7-0 even though we have had no incidents. We now spend $250k more per year for an additional court; we managed fine with just one for the last hundred years but somehow HAD to have a second one for our county of 20,000 citizens. I guess putting away “bad” guys is more important than the taking care of the earth. Just goes to show you what happens when fear is the dominant factor especially from a GOP dominated county council…

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