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Your Opinion: Views on Proposition A Letter 4

Your Opinion: Views on Proposition A Letter 4

March 30th, 2011 by Marilyn Monks, Jefferson City in News

Dear Editor:

I'm a recycler and have been for many years, long before our esteemed City Council decided to make it mandatory, along with the mandatory trash pick-up service for Jefferson City residents. I will be voting yes on Prop. A on April 5.

Was the mandatory recycling/trash pick-up service supposed to improve the appearance of our street and roadsides? If so it isn't working. The unsightly litter is as thick as ever. Attitudes of carelessness and laziness are the primary causes, I'm sure but those attitudes cannot be changed by a system forced upon us by municipal authorities.

Before the final decisions to sign the contract with Allied Waste was made, I attempted to get access to my councilperson that the "one-size-fits-all" plan was not a good one. However, my attempts fell on deaf ears.

I live alone and generate very little trash. I recycle newspapers, magazines, all types of cardboard, all kinds of plastics, third-class mail/paper, tin cans, aluminum cans (there's money in them-thar cans!) at New World Recycling.

Glass is disposed of in the big purple dumpster near Allied's offices. Hazardous materials are taken to the city collection site on Hyde Park and yard waste can be taken to the city site on Southridge.

I dare say there are numerous one-person households who would like for the City Council to go back to the drawing board and come up with a plan better suited to our needs.