Letters to the Editor

Letter: Require recycling

November 22, 2013


To the editor:

Lawrence should require its citizens to recycle. It seems like in an educated town like Lawrence, people would be required to recycle.

Everyone knows that recycling reduces pollution and will make our resources last longer. It also reduces the trash put in landfills, it is energy efficient, and it protects wildlife.

My grandpa lives in a small town near Wichita called El Dorado and they are required to recycle. Many people outside of Lawrence know us as a “Green City,” yet we don’t require people to recycle. Since we don’t recycle, a large amount of recyclable material is thrown away every day.

Lawrence should do more for the environment by requiring its citizens to recycle.


Richard Heckler 4 years, 7 months ago

Adam it is coming in 2014. Lawrence is quite a bit slower than people realize and has been for sometime. The principles within your letter are well taken. Thanks to young people of your persuasion Lawrence may well become as green as onlookers believe we are.

"Many people outside of Lawrence know us as a “Green City,” Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm it is an image.

Considering what people think one would think Lawrence was loaded with mixed use paths connecting one side of town with another and that all sidewalks are safe sidewalks. Most developers don't give a hoot about green and neither do the people developers fund for city government.

Unfortunately voters do vote for the biggest spenders which leaves the greener thinkers out of the decision making process. A sad fact of life yes even in Lawrence,Kansas.

"Green" doesn't cost money it makes money.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 7 months ago

Shunning and stoning has never been a feeling exhibited by a pro recycler. A cleaner environment and lower cost solid waste management has been the only objective.

What IF recycling produces less cost for managing solid waste? Then we have recycling saving everyone money. Will anyone demand to pay the higher rates? ….. most likely not.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 7 months ago

Let’s get on with it. The research has been done….. thankfully by a large group of scientists. Yes the USA and our citizens have many many choices.

A combination of new energy sources would produce cleaner and more efficient energy. Additionally this combination would not only provide way more jobs throughout the states but also safer employment.

Rebuilding economies:

The Plan: http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/renewable_energy_basics/renewing-americas-economy.html

Wind http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/renewable_energy_basics/how-wind-energy-works.html

Solar http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/renewable_energy_basics/how-solar-energy-works.html

Bio Mass http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/renewable_energy_basics/offmen-how-biomass-energy-works.html

Geo Thermal http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/renewable_energy_basics/offmen-how-geothermal-energy-works.html

Hydro Power http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/renewable_energy_basics/how-hydroelectric-energy-works.html

Bob Smith 4 years, 7 months ago

And once a week, all subjects must submit stool samples to prove they are eating a healthy diet. Big Brother loves you and wants you to be happy.

Chris Bell 4 years, 7 months ago

I lived in Lawrence for seven years and am surprised that this issue has still not been resolved. I now live in Goldsboro, NC where recycling is mandatory, picked up every other week and is a success. The city even picks up leaves and tree branches every other week as well. It seems easier to pass large commercial property projects that benefit the few than to approve projects that have been studied and recommended time and time again.

Addie Line 4 years, 7 months ago

Nice to see a young person showing interest in their city and how it functions! I like the idea of incentives to encourage others to recycle.

John Graham 4 years, 7 months ago

So Lawrence picks a company to get paid to pick up the recycling which it then sells for even more profit. What a deal.

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