Mandating recycling

By 2020, food scraps from all businesses and residents will be banned from the landfill.

Dear Editor, My name is Tristan Stano and I am a resident of Carbon County.

With so many options for recovering and reusing recycled materials, and with landfill space steadily shrinking, the State of Vermont has determined that the best tool for keeping as much as possible out of the waste stream is a materials management system, where valuable resources that we are currently burying in landfills are instead collected and marketed as commodities.

To achieve this, the current system needed to be upgraded. Much of what could be recycled or composted is still ending up in the landfill.

Yes, it might be time consuming, but it is for the better for our state and our planet.

For example, let’s start with paper and cardboard, which come from trees.

This fact, coupled with the revelation that the so-called “landfill crisis” of the mid-1990s may have been overblown—most of our landfills still have considerable capacity and do not pose health hazards to surrounding communities—means that recycling has not caught on the way some environmentalists were hoping it would.

However, many cities have found ways to recycle economically.

In 2015 that ceiling drops to include those who generate more than 52 tons per year, and so on.

Increased efforts by green groups to educate the public about the benefits of recycling have also helped. While recycling remains an option for most Americans, a few cities, such as Pittsburgh, San Diego and Seattle, have made recycling mandatory.

Seattle passed its mandatory recycling law in 2006 as a way to counter declining recycling rates there.

The more these items are recycled, the fewer trees we have to cut down.

Trees don’t just provide paper, they provide oxygen, shelter for wildlife and let’s not to forget the natural beauty they add to the state.

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