Opinion

It does pay to recycle

Friday, July 20, 2018

I suspect that most of the people who do not recycle do so because they see no value in taking the time and effort, or it may be that they are confused as to what can go into the recycle bin.

Actually, you do save money by recycling for two important reasons:

1. Currently, we recycle an estimated 19% of our garbage. Some surrounding towns recycle over 50%. The Solid Waste Alternative Program (SWAP) administered by the Department of Natural Tesources (DNR) reviews how well a community is doing in their recycling efforts. This is important to us because they use these figures to determine who gets grants for various recycling items such as recycling carts.

2. When a landfill “cell” is full, a new cell must be purchased and dug. The cost of the next cell is estimated to be around $800,000 and the one after that $1,100,000. The slower we fill up the “cell” the more the cost is diverted over a longer period of time. Recycling does not go into the landfill.

There is a third reason why we all should recycle. It is the right thing to do! Doing our part to help save our planet for future generations is everyone’s responsibility. It is estimated plastic may take a few hundred years to finally decompose and if you have ever seen the pictures of miles of floating garbage (most of it recyclable) in our oceans you realize how serious the problem really is.

Should you be confused as to what all is recyclable; the following is the list of basic household items to go into the recycle bin. A more detailed list is available at City Hall.

Recyclables do not need to be cleaned and sorted.

Nearly all plastic, cardboard, plastic shopping bags, milk, juice, or other liquid containers, newspapers, magazines, junk mail. aluminum containers and all types of metals.

Most household chemicals need to be rinsed out.

Recycle bins can be purchased at City Hall for $20. There are just a few left so if you are interested I would recommend you come by or call City Hall at 225-5749.

Let’s all do our part to help our planet and future generations as well as save some money in the process.