LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | All should pay recycling cost
December 28, 2012 · Updated 3:03 PM
To the editor:
Well, the letters seem to be pouring in concerning the subject of paying for curbside recycling. Why wouldn’t we be supportive of this service? If mandatory, wouldn’t those who currently don’t recycle start doing so? They would be paying for it. Wouldn’t that be a big improvement in the reduction of “solid waste”? With Coupeville for an example, why couldn’t the whole county just jump in?
I really don’t know what effect it would have except for me. Everyone else has their own life to live. I recycle and have for many decades. I do pay for a monthly solid waste pickup and I put out my trash can about every other month because I rarely fill a can in a month’s time. I go to the recycling center about every three months with what I have accumulated and most of that is glass (which is not picked up in Coupeville). So, how much would a mandatory curbside pickup change my mode of living?
I try to live a healthy diet and I minimize use of packaged foods. I believe that I am relatively healthy. Medicare became a mandatory service decades ago and I have been contributing to others’ care for decades. Why shouldn’t I do the same for curbside “recycling,” paying for something I don’t need?