To refer to our recycling program as a program is a misnomer because it is not required, is not scheduled and is not well organized. Without fanfare or notice that I have been privy to, the collection bins that were in the parking lot close to JC Penney at the Quintard Mall were moved to the parking lot at the Center of Hope Store, and then removed from there without notice or publicity, leaving one collection point at the Winn Dixie at on Alabama 202, with one bin (totally inadequate) in the city limits for Anniston and Oxford. Give us a break.
It is time the city got serious and either initiated a mandatory recycling program or provide adequate collection sites, on city properties, with sufficient bin capacities to eliminate overflow between pickup cycles. Either of these suggestions would not only greatly resolve issues identified in the article but would additionally: Reduce air pollution from residents driving miles to pickup points; help reduce the drain on the world’s decreasing supplies of oil; reduce the tremendous amount of recyclable material going to the landfill by the majority of residents who do not recycle, saving landfill space and labor costs.
If there were applications sent in November a year ago, as stated, we did not receive one. If a new program is started, I would hope The Star would give it a great deal of support and publicity providing a facsimile of the application so it could be used in case the one in the mail is overlooked.
Let’s fix it, one way or another, and get our heads out of the sand. If it costs $2 per household per month, $12 annually, it would be cheap.
Hank (H. W.) Freeman