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Organics recycling not the best choice

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Dear Editor,

All members of our household are avid recyclers. We lived in Cochrane for 26 years. They now have a good recycling program, which has evolved over the years. Itís not perfect but it works well for most of the public.

I feel that the organic recycling has not been thought out very well.

Unfortunately I am a newcomer to Airdrie and have not been to any of the meetings yet.

I walk the streets of Airdrie regularly, On garbage collection day, I see how much waste that could be recycled. The bulk of it is paper, plastic plus your tin and glass.

I admit recycling organic waste needs to be addressed to reduce the garbage transported to land fill but the size of the bins and the frequency of pick-up are a poor use of resources.

There are three people and a dog living in our home and we recycle just about everything. We have a small black bag of garbage just about every two weeks. I have about two to three of the small kitchen organic bins full of waste a week, even though we buy very little ready made food, most is made from scratch.

I do not expect everybody to be this conscientious but this gives you some idea what is possible. Why are we having a organic collection every week in the summer and every other week in the winter and just look at all the organic bins with the kitchen basket still tied to the bin. I bet they are not being used.

This resource would be better spent and have a greater impact on the total reduction of garbage transported to the land fill by changing to paper, plastic, metal and glass.

I know we have a recycling facility but just take a walk around your neighbourhood on garbage collection day and see all the unnecessary garbage that could be diverted from the landfill.

Yes, organic waste needs to be addressed but should we not look at the larger impact of the larger bulk of paper, plastic, metal and glass.

Yes I know there will be a cost and yes we do have a service for paper, plastic, metal and glass. but it is not being used.

Only time will tell but let us use some logic before wasting money on this recycling exercise.

Alan Shaw, Airdrie


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