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Letters to the Editor

Recycling needs

March 7, 2008

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To the editor:

In response to the article on curbside recycling, as a waste management professional and an advocate for city-sponsored curbside, I'd like to offer a different perspective.

Cost estimates given by city staff for curbside recycling are based on a controversial 2004 report that was not vetted by the Recycling Advisory Board prior to its release. These figures, repeated in the article, presume the most expensive recycling option: building a city-owned and operated materials recovery facility (MRF). Assessment of other options - contracting with local or regional providers for curbside, comingled collection or creating a program which transfers processing to another community's MRF - have never been fully examined by the City.

For over a decade, the city's Solid Waste Division has opposed and obstructed real consideration of city-sponsored curbside recycling, in spite of continued citizen calls for change. A new vision is long overdue.

Lawrence needs comprehensive, integrated solid waste management planning done with data, not bias. A pay-as-you-throw, variable rate system for residential waste disposal could provide significant incentive to recycle more and waste less.

The statement that "no community has ever mandated curbside recycling until their landfill is full" is just plain false. While recycling certainly extends landfill space, no sane community is going to wait until its landfill is full to implement curbside recycling.

According to a recent study done by the Institute for Local Self Reliance, over 139 million Americans have curbside recycling. It's time for the City of Lawrence to get serious about recycling.

Laura Routh,
Lawrence

Comments

deec 6 years, 1 month ago

Hays has free curbside recycling. The only cost is the blue trash bags, unless you use the Dillons blue grocery bags.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 6 years, 1 month ago

Whats the big fuss about recycling? All Lawrence needs to do is build a big wall along Haskell from 11th to 23rd , big enough so that the top is level to Oread Avenue. And the wall would curve around to 6th street and south on 23rd. Everything in the inside of the wall would be the inner sanctum of a new urban landfill. The trash is already there.. Those who want recyclling could stay in their homes and work in the new city dump. Bike, walk to work. A real green community.

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pace 6 years, 1 month ago

Bob yoos is not a special friend or partner to anyone interested in recycling, He is more a traditional type, honoring the behavior and style of the 50's.

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macon47 6 years, 1 month ago

Can you imagine the rules and regulations with the city running This program? ITEMS WILL BE PICkED UP ON TUES WEST OF MASS, AND THURSDAYS EAST OF MASS EXCEPT FOR NATIONAL HOLIDAYS OR FULL MOONS. YOU WILL BE ISSUED 6 CONTAINERS FOR MORE FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF ITEMS. GREEN GLASS SEPARATE FROM CLEAR GLASS ALL CONTAINERS MUST BE RINSED NO BROWN BOTTLES. ETC
Pickle jars, but no lids, only number 7 plastic, No cast iron, or non ferrous metal. aluminum, but not In hard form. NO ENGINE BLOCKS OR TRANSMISSIONS Newspaper, and cardboard in seperate containers No slick papers, just news print. By the time the city gets done with its "RULES" YOU WILL HAVE TO HAVE A MASTERS DEGREE TO UNDERSTAND THEM LEAVE IT ALONE, LET PRIVATE INDUSTRY HANDLE IT.

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macon47 6 years, 1 month ago

WHAT EVER THE grass root tree huggers want to do on their own is fine with me. i prefer a voluntary system, if you want to take your stuff to the recycler, or pay someone other than the city, it should be your choice if other folks want to subscribe to the city service for 10 or 12 bucks a month, i just think that would be great for them, but i dont want it forced on me . it appears about as many people that already subscribe to local recyclers is about as many as ride the MT BUS every day. that should tell your something about demand .so we dont need a silly out of town study to spend good money on to ask 400 people what they think,

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Multidisciplinary 6 years, 1 month ago

What was Bob Yoos' partner's name?? The dog was Sage, wasn't it Laura R something?? (Think multi, you know it's in there LOL)

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