Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Why recycle perfectly good trash?

The city of Bakersfield is starting to think about maybe joining the rest of the world in the 21st century. Or at least they’re talking about it. Apparently they finally figured out that we’ve had our heads up our proverbial butts when it comes to recycling. City officials are recommending changing the price for the trash and recycling bins, making it cheaper to recycle instead of the other way around. Genius, right? Not really.

Actually what they are proposing is that anyone who can’t get all their trash in one bin, and then asks to purchase an additional bin, they would have to pay more for that bin. Oh yeah, and the price of a recycling bin will drop from $80 a year to $50. Whoa! Hold on to your hats.

I’m sorry, but anybody who is filling their trash bin twice over should be forced to recycle. That is ridiculous. I know I’m a little crazy when it comes to this issue, but it absolutely drives me crazy when I see bins on the curb on pick up day over flowing with things that could and should be recycled. It’s all I can do to keep myself from dumpster diving to dig it all out.

As acknowledged in the article, “Bakersfield is one of the last cities in its size on the West Coast that doesn’t have a mandatory recycling program.” Not the state – the entire West Coast. As it is only about four percent of people participate in the recycling program. That’s just sad. It’s estimated that it would cost homeowners an additional $3.50 a month if recycling was made mandatory, residents have been fighting the increase. What the hell? Its four bucks for heavens sake! The director of public works admitted that we are running out room in our landfills and that eventually the state is going force us to recycle.

What the hell are waiting for?