Archive for Thursday, September 24, 1992


September 24, 1992


To the editor:

I enthusiastically applaud the city's proposal to replace one trash pickup per week with a yard waste pickup and strongly urge the city to move forward with this progressive, innovative alternative to solid waste disposal. As a family that has been composting and recycling for years, this proposal actually has NO impact on our household. My satisfaction comes in knowing that people who have been too lazy, too ignorant or just haven't cared, will finally be forced to do their part.

According to EPA figures, in 1990, each person produced about 4.3 pounds of trash daily. Half of all residential trash is paper and plastic. Each year, 500,000 tons of phone books, 13 million tons of newspapers, 2.6 million tons of disposable diapers and 8 million tons of glass bottles are disposed of in landfills. Even 77 percent of aluminum is tossed away. And from the rows upon rows of bagged yard waste seen about town every spring and fall, it's obvious not many people are composting in Lawrence.

The negative letters to the editor indicate that people don't realize how quick and simple it is to significantly reduce one's household trash. Although the city could take a more active role in recycling, at least half of common household trash aluminum, tin, glass, newspapers, magazines, plastics and foam can be recycled in Lawrence by some means. By conscientious consumer buying, using a weekly recycling pickup service and composting all our kitchen and yard wastes, we have reduced our weekly household trash to less than one grocery sack per person.

These letters have also ignored the other important and needed proposed programs: hazardous waste and tire recycling, cardboard recycling (the largest paper product discarded annually) and alley cleanup programs.

It appears that some people can't see beyond the immediate inconvenience of taking a few extra minutes each week to recycle, thereby eliminating the need for twice weekly pickups. To take the attitude that the city owes it to you to take care of ALL your trash, relieving you of any responsibility to reduce, reuse and recycle, is as absurd as it is outdated. Pehaps education and active promotion of recycling is the key to the city's task of convincing its citizens of the need to revamp its antiquated trash disposal policy.

Durand Reiber,

334 Woodlawn Ct.

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