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Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Residents should reduce amount of waste

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
March 12, 2013 at 7:02 p.m.
Updated March 11, 2013 at 10:12 p.m.


Our society is fascinated with "going green." People everywhere are looking for ways to reduce waste and save the environment.

In Victoria, the city's curbside recycling service finished its first year in operation, and city officials have dubbed it a success. The program was only predicted to have a 40 percent participation rating, but it has seen about 73 percent throughout the year. We are glad to see this program had such a strong start, and we encourage residents to continue taking advantage of it, not only as a way to protect the environment but also as a way to reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill.

We are glad this program is seeing such unexpectedly high numbers, and we encourage anyone who is interested in participating to call the city at 361-485-3220 and request a bin be delivered to their home. Each bin has a sticker that outlines which products can be recycled by the city. These products include four categories: plastics, metals, glass, and paper and cardboard. Plastic products that can be recycled include bottles, jugs, milk containers and detergent containers. Metal products include aluminum cans, steel cans, tin cans and aerosol cans. Glass bottles and jars are accepted along with newspapers, magazines and catalogues, junk mail, office papers, cereal boxes, cardboard, pizza boxes, paper bags, phone books and gift wrapping. Plastic, metal and glass containers should be rinsed, and any boxes should be flattened before they are placed in the bins. Items that will not be accepted include: Styrofoam, electronics, ceramics, dishes, yard waste, motor oil containers, light bulbs, hazardous waste, window glass, mirrors and trash.

On collection day, the bins should be placed at the curb in a similar fashion as the regular garbage bins. The lids should be completely closed, and the bin should be at least 5 feet away from any other object, such as a vehicle or mailbox.

These instructions help to keep this system running and offer residents a simple, practical way to recycle from their homes instead of having to presort and transport their recyclables to a separate location. We applaud the city of Victoria for taking this step and responding to citizens' requests for a recycling program. Now, we encourage the city and residents to find ways to raise the usage rate even more, including finding a way to reduce the amount of garbage by recycling even more. If we focus on changing our habits, we can have a major impact.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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