Archive for Sunday, September 18, 2005

Recycling survey

September 18, 2005


To the editor:

I returned to Lawrence this summer after living in two cities where recycling was made simple by the local governments. I have visited relatives in three other cities where recycling is the norm. It feels wrong, in this educated city, to not have a modern recycling program.

The key to an effective recycling program is providing weekly pickups by the city rather than expecting residents to take recyclables to another location. In both cities, I have lived in, Sarasota and Venice, Fla., every household was provided two recycling bins; one for paper and the other for glass, plastic and metal. On collection day, recycling bins were put out with the trash cans. One truck picks up trash; another truck picks up recyclables.

Relatives living in Orlando and Miami experience the same. All residents embrace the system. Another relative living in Jamestown, N.Y., experiences a recyclable system that is much less user-friendly. That system is not as accepted because the city requires recycling be separated further, paper one week, glass another week, cans another week, etc., and recycling bins are not provided. Simpler is more effective.

I have seen recycling work well. The key is to provide bins and weekly pickups. In two of the five cities I referred to, each truck is staffed with only one person. The cost for twice weekly trash pick-up, plus once weekly recyclables pickup, in each of these two cities is $2.62 per month less than in Lawrence.

Harry Anderson,



BrianR 12 years, 8 months ago

For years we recycled everything, then it just became too labor intensive and, with the exception of cardboard and newspaper, we're throwing stuff away again.

The recycling center isn't conveniently located and at $2.50 (or more) per gallon, I am no longer willing to drive recycling from north of the river to Wal-Mart. Lawrence is in the stone age of recycling.

mermily 12 years, 8 months ago

yes, yes! i'm so glad this is being discussed. each time i come home to lawrence i am horrified by the lack of recycling. i feel socially irresponsible and disrespectful to all those around me if i throw away something in the trash that i know can and should be recycled.

that said, i know many other lawrence citizens would also like to show the respect their neighbors are due by recycling but it simply isn't practicable for them to do so. furthermore, for those that don't have recycling on the radar yet, they are allowed to remain ignorant of their insult by the out-of-sight, out-of-mind situation in lawrence.

as the author mentioned, not only do other cities have a recycling can and a trash can that are put out at that same time in included in their cost of waste removal, still other cities don't require separation at all; everything is thrown into one container and the city has machinery that divides it up. it truly is long over due that lawrence update its waste removal programs and join other cities in responsible living.

so, rather than post further, i'll ask if anyone has suggestions for change. i'm happy to help facilitate but am not involved in lawrence politics as an out of state resident.

thank you so very much for sending in this editorial!


mermily 12 years, 8 months ago

call molly mangerich at 785.832.3026...i have, but my weight as a non-lawrence resident holds little water. she seems to be someone to start with...and then your local officials! here they are, have fun!!

Mayor Boog Highberger
/> Home (785) 843-0995

Vice-Mayor Mike Amyx
/> Home (785) 843-3089 Work (785) 842-9425

Commissioner Sue Hack Home (785) 842-6608

Commissioner Mike Rundle Home (785) 841-7817 2007

Commissioner David Schauner Home (785) 842-7459

mermily 12 years, 8 months ago

its so fun to start change...

so, to get something on the city agenda (and be mindful that the city of lawrence has the monopoly on non-recycling waste removal so they are the logical place to deal with recycling waster removal), the city manager's office must be contacted.

david corliss, the assistant city manager and director of legal services, can be reached at 785.832.3403 and his email is

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