Advocate editorial board opinion: Curbside recycling good for our environment
By the Advocate Editorial Board
March 18, 2011 at 8:04 p.m.
Updated March 18, 2011 at 10:19 p.m.
Let us say up front that we are for curbside recycling.
And we believe many residents of Victoria would want this service.
Tuesday, residents can voice their opinion at the Victoria City Council meeting during the work session beginning at 5 p.m.
We urge you to attend and voice support for this proposed city service. The city's Environmental Services Department will present a proposal during the meeting for the service.
According to Meredith Byrd's recent Earth Friendly column, the proposal would be to contract with Waste Management Inc.
The company would open a recycling transfer station in Victoria, and the city would pick up from each resident all recyclables thrown in a single container (no sorting) and transport them to the transfer station.
Then the recyclables would be transported to Houston for processing.
These recyclables include paper, cardboard, aluminum, steel, tin, plastics and glass.
Residents would be issued a green recycling cart the size of their garbage cart but at a much lower cost than an extra garbage cart. Pickup of recyclables would be on a different day from the usual trash pickup.
Waste Management has offered to provide the green recyclable carts at no charge to the city, so the city in turn will provide this service for a minimal fee.
According to About.com and the article "Do the benefits of recycling outweigh the costs?" - "The Natural Resources Defense Council and Environmental Defense, two of the nation's most influential environmental organizations, each issued reports detailing the benefits of recycling and showing how municipal recycling programs reduce pollution and the use of virgin resources while decreasing the sheer amount of garbage and the need for landfill space - all less, not more, than the cost of regular garbage pickup and disposal."
We firmly believe that our community and region would have a healthier outlook with curbside recycling, and that in the long run with good management, the service will save the city money.
Please support curbside recycling and come to the city council meeting Tuesday at 5 p.m. to convince our council to accept the proposal.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.