Two things are apparent from the mess at the recycling dropoff point at the Erie County Services Center:
-- People are interested in recycling ...
-- ... far more than the county or its increasingly tight purse strings anticipated.
We're not faulting the county for cutting costs. We've been after the county to do that. The county's doing it.
But this is a service that could pay off for the county, even if in no other way than cutting the amount of stuff dumped in the landfill. And we still say not wasting things is a good idea.
So we have a short-term and a long-term suggestion for the county: Look for ways to rearrange resources -- people, hours, vehicles -- to schedule pickups right after most people drop off their recyclables. We'd guess that would be the weekend, or right after.
That's short-term, of course, holding the fort until the long-term answer can be put into play: Finding a contractor to handle countywide curbside recycling pickup. The mess at the service center and the dustup at the meeting in Milan, where residents are upset the cash-strapped county is shutting down some drop-off bins, proves people are interested.