Letters to the Editor

Free enterprise

March 14, 2008


To the editor:

In the March 6 Journal-World, there was a very clear editorial concerning public or private recycling. As pointed out in the editorial, there are a number of private companies that offer curbside recycling at varying prices.

I am thankful that our forefathers formed our present form of government including encouraging free enterprises. As I have read in the J-W, there already exists some very reliable curbside recyclers that would be glad to handle the recyclable materials that residents of our city have on hand.

There are times that our government - federal, state, county, municipalities and townships - has tried to emulate private enterprises and not done a very good job, for all the bureaucracy involved. There are many people who do not recycle, for whatever reason, and it is their choice, and as I understand this proposal, everyone in the city would be charged whether they recycle or not. This thought is scary in and of itself because of the freedoms and choices that the American people have.

In the March 7 Journal-World, there was a letter about this recycling subject that ended, "It is time for the City of Lawrence to get serious about recycling."

I say the people who recycle should get serious and contract with one of the companies already offering this service and let our free enterprise system work for them.

David Williams,



Richard Heckler 9 years, 7 months ago

By the same token those who recycle should not pay as much for trash pick up. Instead those who throw away the most pay the most. Now we're talking.

Robert bickers 9 years, 7 months ago

David Williams is spot-on.

Merrill's idea, as much as I love the second sentence, would require the weighing and / or volumetric measurement of each pick-up, dramatically slowing the process, thus necessitating additional crews and trucks, thus raising cots across the board.

All conservation ideals aside, recycling is more expensive than running a landfill, so recycling costs more, so . . . people who recycle more should pay more?

It's Catch-22 vs. Catch-22.

Skeptic 9 years, 7 months ago

No Jimbo, many cities -- and PRIVATE companies in the lawrence area such as RSP -- use a very simple volume rule to charge customers based on the trash they dispose of. They either have their own trash bin and charge for anything extra, or use a simple rule like "two ordinary sized trash bags" per week per residence. Pay-per-usage systems need not be complicated or completely foolproof to be effective.

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