Opinion

Recycling is taxpayer's right

Dear editor:

Re: Paul Ives' recycling rant.

Recycling is not a rant; it is a taxpayer's right.

Mr. Ives' statement that most Comox residents "enjoy bi-weekly recycling pickup" is naive and dismissive.

Garbage and recycling programming is not efficient. Home recycling can produce two to four times the volume of regular garbage, yet collection is treated as an occasional favour. Using the recycling bins at Cumberland and Home Depot, as was suggested, wastes gasoline and that is assuming everyone has a vehicle.

In his letter, Mr. Ives attempts diversion by boasting of an organics waste collection to come. Personally, I doubt this will benefit. In my experience in the north, the seagulls at the landfill were the prime beneficiaries.

Until administrators and governments get current with responsible management obligations, the sustainability we strive for and teach our children, is completely contradicted.

Anne Wichmann,

Comox Valley

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