Letters to the Editor

Trash sense

November 2, 2011


To the editor:

We have recycled everything ever since the Walmart recycling center opened years ago. When we shop in south Lawrence several times a month, we drop the materials off at the center. No cost. No problem. Lawrence is thought to have an educated population; maybe we need to place more emphasis on recycling to save natural resources and the environment.

Trash pickup. We have used the same lightweight plastic trash container for 15 years. It cost $15 and will last another 15 years. It is my 15-15-15 plan! It weighs five pounds empty.

Why not insist on not picking up containers that are too heavy? If they are too heavy for the workers, slap a sticker on them requesting that the contents be divided into two containers. Our workers are very good at what they do and are very efficient and should not be required to lift something over 50 pounds. The city containers that are rented appear to be fairly heavy themselves.

Maybe common sense will prevail!


Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 7 months ago

"The city containers that are rented appear to be fairly heavy themselves." "Maybe common sense will prevail!"

They are lifted by machinery!

Clipped from: http://www.ehow.com/about_5463664_description-garbage-truck.html

"All but the simplest garbage trucks use hydraulic lifts or arms to insert trash into the hopper. The large forks on the front of a front-loader are a sure sign of what type of truck it is. Rear-loaders may also feature hoists, which workers can insert trash bins so that they can be mechanically lifted and emptied into the hopper."

jafs 6 years, 7 months ago

A small point, but there are a number of plastic containers that Wal-Mart doesn't take.

lawrencian 6 years, 7 months ago

I also take all my recycling to the business at 12th & Haskell. The only thing they don't take that I would recycle is cartons (milk, juice, soup, etc). http://www.recyclecartons.com/

LHS56 6 years, 7 months ago

If it isn't broken....don't fix it. We have a great trash service and workers now. I think our Mayor is simply trying to impose his believes on the rest of us. One can find a place to recycle or can pay $5.00 per month for curbside service. On a tangent - How will the City handle the apartments? I believe the last count was 58% of the living units in Lawrence are rentals. Do you think the people in the large complexes are going to sort their trash? I don't. I think they will just throw everything into one container. So who gets to sort the trash out of the recycle container?
Please City Commission, find ways to save money not spend more and more and more. There is a difference between want and need.

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