So… my day started with retrieving my local newspaper from my driveway. While my first thought was “…I wonder what’s new in the news”, my second thought was “… will have to recycle this paper when I’m done!” (Obvious, right?)
Well, sadly, I was greeted with the following (bad!) news: “Recycled pick-up could end” (ummm… what???)
Seems our city is considering eliminating curbside recycling service to ease a strained budget. Oh, not on MY watch, my friends.
Next came contact with a member of City Council (who is also a friend and whole-heartedly agrees with ME… and graciously provided me with the email address of the mayor, all city council members and our Law Director).
Here is the email that was sent one hour later:
“I am contacting you regarding today’s Dec. 1 Sun Post article entitled: “Recycled pick-up could end” – Seven Hills
I am urging you NOT to discontinue recycling in the City of Seven Hills. I believe it is our social and environmental responsibility to see that the citizens of our community have the opportunity to recycle at curbside. Each week, as I drive through the city, it is obvious that our community has embraced this responsibility, as I see blue recycling cans at the end of nearly every driveway on collection days.
Discontinuing recycling would be a step toward rolling back the progress of Seven Hills and, sending recyclables into our trash system and tossing them into landfills, is truly irresponsible. While I personally would have the physical ability to collect my recyclables and deliver them to a recycling center, many citizens (especially seniors) would not have this option or ability. ALL citizens of Seven Hills have embraced this program and I URGE you to explore other cost-saving measures in our city… DO NOT eliminate a service that is part of our civic duty or create a situation that contributes to environmental harm and irresponsibility.
Here are some things to think about … is this what we want to contribute to in our city?
- PLASTIC– it can take 20 years for a plastic bag to biodegrade and 250 years for a plastic container. Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour(!) but if every household recycled just one of every 10 plastic bottles, it would keep 200 million pounds of plastic out of landfills each year.
- PAPER – it accounts for nearly HALF of what is sent to landfills and approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S. Plus, recycling one ton of paper would save enough energy to power an average American home for five months.
- ALUMINUM – an aluminum can is recycled and back on a store shelf in approximately 60 days, and just one recycled aluminum can save enough energy to run a computer for 3 hours. Last year cans that were NOT recycled and went to landfills were valued at $600 million!
- GLASS – a bottle in a landfill would take more than 4000 years to decompose, but glass never “wears out” and can be recycled forever. The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can power a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) for 20 hours.
Again, I URGE you, do not allow the elimination of curbside recycling in the city of Seven Hills. Recycling is not just a service; it is a social responsibility.”
So, take this as a story of encouragement. I have no idea how this will “go down” but remember “silence is compliance”… you have a voice and “no ear is out of reach”.
Some things are definitely worth fighting for… and you’d better believe, I have just begun to fight!