Sound Off

Sound Off: Why doesn’t the Douglas County Fairgrounds recycle its cardboard boxes? There’s a trash bin full of them right now.

Eileen Horn, the city/county sustainability coordinator, said a recycling program for the extension office at the fairgrounds has been in place for two years. In addition, she said, an application has been submitted for a grant for recycling bins for the entire fairgrounds complex.


repaste 1 year, 11 months ago

Wait, they are trying to close the recycling center, where will they take it? (For those who don't know Walmart takes what does not blow across the field to 12 & Haskel.)


thebcman 1 year, 11 months ago

How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?


irvan moore 1 year, 11 months ago

how can we afford a sustainability director if we can't afford to recycle cardboard


Les Blevins 1 year, 11 months ago

My previous post includes an excerpt from an article by Scott Rothschild from Nov, 11, 2008 entitled "Kansas faces dangers from rising CO2 Say KU Scientists" It also says; "We can expect more heat, more intense storms and more drought, say KU scientists in a climate change report."


Les Blevins 1 year, 11 months ago

I agree the city/county recycling coordinator's position is a waste of money. If the city and the county would invest half as much as she has already been paid in developing the biomass and waste conversion concepts I'm proposing the effort could put the United States forward in regaining a leadership position in turning around the global warming and climate change problem.

Higher temperatures, more intense storms and increased drought will plague Kansas this century because of rising carbon dioxide emissions, according to a study by Kansas University scientists that was released Tuesday.

The study details numerous dangers posed by climate change and should serve as a warning and prompt new policies that reduce CO2 emissions, the scientists said.

“What’s important to remember — these are projections,” said Johannes Feddema, a geography professor who is a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The study by Feddema and KU’s Nathaniel Brunsell, also a geography professor, was done for the Salina-based Land Institute’s Climate and Energy Project.

By 2100, if greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase as projected, temperatures in Kansas will rise an average of 2 degrees to 4 degrees, the study said. Southwest Kansas could see an increase of 8 degrees.


DillonBarnes 1 year, 11 months ago

What!? Someone threw cardboard away!? Get a rope and find a tree!!!

How can you even know who put the cardboard there?


Centerville 1 year, 11 months ago

I've heard about trash vigilantes/obsessives but thought it was some crazy hyperbole of the vast-right-wing-conspiracy. Dittos to 'Seriously?'


Bob Forer 1 year, 11 months ago

The recycling police are out in full force, I see. If people were concerned as much about other people as they were about cardboard, maybe we could end a war. Now that would be noble.


cheeseburger 1 year, 11 months ago

That response is an epic fail.

Solidifies my opinion that her position is a colossal waste of money.


concernedeudoravoter 1 year, 11 months ago

Activities at the fairgrounds are filled with complications. While the land is all owned by the County and ultimately decisions regarding its use are made by the County Commissioners, there is also the fairboard that governs the County Fair. The employees of the Extension Office, while they do work on the fairgrounds, they don't control and aren't responsible for all of the activities and/or waste. It sounds like the Extension Office is attempting to do the right thing here and get the necessary pieces in play to expand their use of recycling.


ugottabekiddin 1 year, 11 months ago

You don't have to wait for a Grant to give you a bin. What a ridiculous and lazy excuse. Break down the cardboard till it folds into your vehicles and haul the stuff to the various locations in town. We do it at our workplace all the time.


LogicMan 1 year, 11 months ago

Do the Fairgrounds discard that many boxes, or is it the users of the fairgrounds?


swampyankee 1 year, 11 months ago

The time is 6:45 a.m. oh you probably meant half the time


Steve Jacob 1 year, 11 months ago

With as many events that go on there, those cardboard bins will be filled with trash have the time.


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