Advocate editorial board opinion: Recycling service enhances city's quality of life

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Jan. 5, 2012 at 8:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 4, 2012 at 7:05 p.m.

Curb recycling. Yea! The service is finally at our doorsteps (or more specifically, at our curbs), and residents are receiving their bins between now and when the actual pickup begins Feb. 6.

We urge residents to use this service. Recycling materials that otherwise would be detrimental to our environment is of the utmost importance. And it is at a minimal increase of 78 cents a month for the service.

What can you recycle? Generally, recyclable materials are in four categories: paper, metal, glass and plastic. And all of these can be mixed in one bin.

Plastics include bottles and jugs, milk containers, detergent containers and plastic bags; metals include aluminum cans, steel cans, tin cans and aerosol cans; glass includes bottles and jars; paper includes cardboard, newspapers, magazines and catalogs, junk mail, office papers, cereal boxes, pizza boxes, paper bags, phone books and gift wrapping.

Another service - the At Your Door Household Hazardous Waste Pickup - began in November. Residents can dispose of batteries, electronics, paints, cleaners, chemicals, antifreeze, solvents, TVs, fluorescent lightbulbs, fertilizers and pesticides. Phone Waste Management at 1-800-449-7587 to arrange for a pickup of these materials.

The hazardous waste pickup costs residents and additional 65 cents a month - added on to your water bill, just as the curbside recycling service is billed.

While some residents are disappointed that the Huvar Street recycling center will close, the cost of maintaining the center will go toward the cost of curbside recycling.

We think these services improve the quality of life in Victoria. We are proud of Victoria as our city becomes better and better and an attraction to new residents.

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



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