REGISTER VIEWPOINT: Food-scrap recycling makes sense and dollars, too

Waste not, want not. It appears not everyone's sold on the food-scrap recycling program in Huron, in which F.S.I. pic
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Waste not, want not.

It appears not everyone's sold on the food-scrap recycling program in Huron, in which F.S.I. picks up residential food waste and trucks it to Barnes Nursery's composting facility, which uses it to help produce compost.

F.S.I. and Barnes claim everyone benefits, from Barnes, which makes money off the compost to F.S.I. which makes money by doing business with Huron residential customers -- to the customers themselves, who presumably save money by having less trash to be hauled away, a service for which they pay.

We applaud F.S.I., Barnes and the people of Huron for yet again taking the lead in Erie County in looking for ways to expand recycling and, when possible, making or saving money by doing so.

If you follow reporter Tom Jackson's blog at sanduskyregister.com, you might have seen his April 21 entry about economist Michael Munger, who argues that people are pushed into recycling even when the costs of doing so outweigh the advantages -- such as the money saved or made by recycling a resource.

There's no denying some materials, even in scrap form, are more valuable than others. However, if a way can be found to economically recycle a resource -- a way where the associated profits or savings outweigh the associated costs -- doesn't it make sense to do it?

And if someone -- say, F.S.I. or Barnes -- makes money doing so, well, so what? Isn't that the way we like to think our society works? In our supposedly capitalistic society, little real progress is made until someone figures out how to make a buck off it.

And if they do, why shouldn't they reap the rewards of their ingenuity and industry?

Let's hope this latest recycling venture is an economic success.

Jackson blog about Munger

http://www2.sanduskyregister.com/blogs/jackson-street-beat/has-recycling-become-national-religion