Letters to the Editor

More trash talk

November 6, 2011


To the editor:

I join other seniors feeling the price of bins and extra bags is not needed or wanted. It’s pricey for those on a fixed income. We recycle at Walmart, Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army and we have a compost pile and use our shredder to make mulch. If we switch to this method, what do we do with our garbage cans? Are we supposed to haul our bins out to the curb?  That should be a big draw to future senior residents.

Has the city shopped around for the best deal on trash removal? It would be great if people could choose their own trash provider, since they are paying for it. 


Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 4 months ago

You are perfectly free to choose your own trash provider. But, you will probably have to move in order to do that.

A few years ago I lived in a community that did not offer trash collection, instead you were to select your own method for disposing of your trash. The trash collection that was available sounded too expensive, so what I did with mine was load up my pickup once in a while and take it to the county dump. In the meantime, it just sat in my yard, and nobody cared about that. But at least, I did try to keep it out of sight.

Some others just left it in the front yard for a very long time with no attempt to hide it, and since there was almost no enforcement of any community guidelines, the property values dropped like a rock. Especially after many moved out, and simply left all their trash in the yard. Property abandonment was very common there. I have to say "was", because I don't know what it's like today, I haven't been there for years now.

I only lived there for about two and a half years, then I got out. It was simply too trashy for me. Plus, breakins were happening all the time, and I simply could not adapt to that.

If you consider Lawrence to be too pricey for you, I will be happy to inform you of where that community is. But I guarantee this: you will be very sorry in short order if you move there.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 4 months ago

Yes composting is excellent while at the same time the yard pick up service very likely helps keeps the cost down. Why? Because Lawrence makes use of this resource in our parks and other city landscaping projects.

In addition to selling some at low cost.

A worthwhile endeavor indeed.

Keeping locals employed keeps more money in this local economy which is healthy for all concerned = friendly to business and friendly to taxpayers.

I'm all for PAYT = pay as you throw which will allow one large container that holds more than we can fill most always.

I'm also for allowing "locals" to run the recycling operations in the city BUT with a system that might be able to track their disposal method ..... like to a recycling facility.

But I also believe landlords should pay additional fees for setting an entire house out on the curb for pick up. This will be resisted greatly by most property owners who have friends in City Hall and/or are elected officials.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 4 months ago

WE want to thank the city recycling effort regarding yard waste. At least 50 fifty bags of leaves found their way to our house and we to thank those that put forth the effort.

These leaves will become mulch and compost = what a great deal and thank all concerned once again.

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