We can and should recycle more

  • Article by: Dan Costello
  • Updated: January 31, 2014 - 6:50 PM

If we do, we’ll be taking advantage of state’s modern waste-to-energy systems.

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FrankLJan. 31, 14 8:13 PM

Since the biggest hole in our recycling system is away from home, how about fixing that part first. Give businesses the goal of reducing trash and increasing recycling. Here's a real simple rule: For every trash can there must be an adjoining recycling can. You can't recycle if there is no receptacle. Ever see a recycling can in a hotel room?

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davehougJan. 31, 14 9:18 PM

Thanks Dan for sharing how other countries handle it. Of course Japan and Europe don't have lots of cheap land.

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dahutysFeb. 1, 1412:14 AM

I'm not convinced that adding deposit fees is worthwhile, but I do agree that we should keep trying to increase recycling rates. Didn't Waste Management or another large company recently give up on attempts to buy land in South Dakota for a future landfill, because of continued opposition from neighbors? It doesn't matter how cheap land is, if every attempt to open new landfills gets met by angry protests. The more we recycle, the longer our landfills will last.

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whatisbetterFeb. 1, 1412:21 AM

I recycle now. Government leave me alone.

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elind56Feb. 1, 14 9:15 AM

Biggest problem I have with recycling are the deceptive reports from government and the press implying an immediate economic benefit. The Jan. 26th editorial touts that recycling programs collected material worth $690 million. I then goes on to tout the $2 billion in wages paid out within the industry. This alone shows a LOSS of about $1.3 billion dollars that comes directly out of consumer's pockets. A private citizen would never pay somebody twenty dollars to recover something worth six dollars and ninety cents and also cover their vehicle costs, vehicle maintenance costs, and fuel costs on top of that. Stop with the deceptive reporting on the economics of recycling. It does not create wealth and, in fact, consumes it...lots of it.

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thedanmanFeb. 1, 1410:07 AM

I agree with elind56 on a couple points. I should note that my neighborhood has single sort recycling and it's well worth the cost. Short-sighted politicians want to charge me $2.40 for a case of water, pop, beer, etc, that I won't recover as I'm not going to store a bunch of containers to the point where it makes financial sense for me to drive my car back and forth to a drop off point at a retail store who doesn't want to deal with the mess in the first place. Message to politicians: Go pick the low hanging fruit and quit with your false economic prognosis.

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FrankLFeb. 1, 1410:59 AM

Also, how about a little more consistency in what is recycled? Things I can recycle at home, I can't at work. In my Dad's town they can recycle styrofoam and the blister packages. So much is recycled that the local garbage companies offer trash service by the 30 gallon bag.

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isogstreetFeb. 1, 1411:48 AM

With Eureka in charge of the recycling in St. Paul I think we've met our limit. They don't make it easy to recycle and now they're focusing their efforts of "organics" recycling rather than improving their level of service for the recycling already in place. "Organics Recycling" is, of course, another term for the stuff that we put in landfills that breaks down the fastest and best anyway and is what landfills are best for since it's also the stuff that serves as food for flies, rats, and other disease spreading animals that we want to keep in one place away from people. But there's no new money to be made by doing their current job better, so they're trying to expand into a fake recycling program.

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SlickrocksFeb. 1, 1412:55 PM

Have out genius legislators considered the gas wasted and extra pollution caused by driving to the inconveniently-located recycling center? Of course not. [B][I]FrankL[/I][/B] had it right -- just require single-stream recycling containers next to every public trash container.

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