Letters to the Editor

Supply, demand

March 26, 2010


To the editor:

In the wake of the economy and the ever growing popularity of “going green,” it’s easy to understand why the supply of compost available during the spring compost sale last week went so quickly.

What is not understandable, however, is why the city insists on scheduling the sale at times when most Lawrencians are working. Although some folks have the luxury of scheduling time off to pick up and haul away their share of the supply, others are not so fortunate.

While it makes sense that the city wants to keep costs down by confining the sale to days and times when its employees are normally working, they need to consider that what may be good for the city’s payroll does not always translate into good service for its citizens. For those compost-deficient Lawrencians, I urge the city to re-evaluate its scheduling of such events in an effort to give every Lawrencian a fair chance.

Additionally, although the availability of the supply is based on a first-come first-served model, without any evident restrictions on the size or number of loads available to one person, the supply should be limited to individuals who can prove residency within the city and should not be available to private or commercial businesses, or at the very least, should not be loaded onto commercially marked vehicles such as landscaping companies or property management firms.


Bob Burton 8 years, 2 months ago


The city is to stupid to figure out that you can have an employee come in late & stay late or work Thuesday thru Saturday so that people have a chance after work or on the weekend..

think_about_it 8 years, 2 months ago

The goal of the compost program is to reduce landfill waste, not to supply you with compost. If they have no problem getting rid of it the way it is being done it is working as intended. If you would like some go and get it. Do not demand some special treatment that will cost us all more money in implementing what you deem to be fair. Show up while the employees are there and don't expect them to disrupt their own families' lives by having to work weekends or evenings to make your life simpler.

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