LETTER: One man's trash, another man's treasure

I read your article of Jan. 9 in which you explored the problems of curb side recycling and the resulting penalties if our community
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

I read your article of Jan. 9 in which you explored the problems of curb side recycling and the resulting penalties if our community does not comply with the EPA's mandates.

The first thing that comes to mind is: Who is making the money? Since there is considerable profit to be made from recycling, when will our city and county begin accepting bids from the operators of the recycling processors? I can't imagine that the citizenry be expected to give away a valuable resource without gaining something in return. After all, we didn't accumulate our valuable trash for free. We all paid very good money for the pretty plastic containers, multi-colored newspapers, gaily decorated cardboard boxes and the assortment of other adorned recyclables.

The second question that I have is: Under what authority does the Ohio EPA mandate that we give away our valuables. Will we be expected to pay to have our recyclables carried away? Is the EPA helping processors at the cost of the carriers? Is that legal? This brings about yet another part to this question: How will any earnings be used? Will they be used to strengthen our police and fire departments? Perhaps to help defray the cost of maintaining our many parks.

First, if we have an item of value, it should be sold. Not given away. Second, if a processor wants the product, then they should provide to have it removed to their facility in a timely and efficient manner. Third, any money generated by the sale of recyclables should go into a common pool where it can be monitored, audited and distributed by members of the contributor communities.

Think about this and research it before you allow a federal agency to push you (our community leaders) into a corner.

John A. Baum

Sandusky