To the editor:
I applaud the decision made by Island County commissioners Jill Johnson and Kelly Emerson to proceed to rescind the recycling ordinance that was passed in December 2012. It was a very poorly conceived ordinance for the following reasons:
Like it or not, the mandatory provision of the ordinance that was passed in December amounts to another tax on the residents of Island County. If you have never lived on a fixed income you should try it some time. It’s easy to say “what’s another $11 per month?” However, when electric bills and phone bills and medical costs and food costs and gasoline costs and insurance costs and every other cost continues to rise in these very difficult financial times the cumulative effect of these increases is devastating to those on a fixed income.
Some people would tell you that we require clean air and water and the resources necessary for long-term job and national security. Mandatory curbside recycling has nothing to do with any of this. Our voluntary recycling program is second to none and is readily available for everyone to use. I would suggest that the commissioners make an effort to educate the residents on the benefits of voluntary recycling. This should be an ongoing emphasis.
The proposed mandatory recycling was not cost effective and it did not even include glass. Whatcom County charges $7.05 per month for rural curbside recycling and their program includes tin and aluminum, glass, newspaper, mixed paper, plastic and cardboard. Island Disposal’s mandatory program is projected to cost 56 percent more at $11 per month and does not even include glass. What gives?
Vote to rescind the mandatory recycling ordinance that was passed in December and go back to the drawing board.