The Union Recorder

May 30, 2012

Tell county officials to start recycling

The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — While waiting in a local office last week, I had the opportunity to look at and read an article in the March, April issue of Milledgeville Scene titled “Going Green.” I was very impressed and proud of the children and faculty at Oak Hill School in their effort to make a difference with respect to the recycling processes. My concern is the disappointment these children will feel when they realize that our local government powers that be don’t share their concern about our environment.

To elaborate on that statement, I am basing my opinion on what I have been told and admit I have not gone to the length to verify with county officials these statements. It is my understanding that the county has to pay to dispose of waste in a landfill. It is also my understanding that the county does not have to pay for waste that is placed in the recyclable bins. I don’t have a degree in finance or accounting, but it doesn’t take much to figure out that the more recyclable items you have the less it will cost the county.

My question is why have the county officials not vigilantly promoted a recycling program? The concern is always about the cost, but what about our environment? If everyone would take a “field trip” to Twiggs County and visit the Wolf Creek Landfill, you would be amazed at how much waste is put there each day.

On a personal note, I recycle everything that can be placed in the recycle bin. Sure, it takes a little of my time and effort to do so, but I think it is worth it. Since I don’t put plastic, glass, metal, paper or food stuffs in my road side pickup bin, I only have to put mine at the curb once every three weeks. Just think, if everyone only had to put out their bin half the time, how much that would save from being dumped in the landfill. We were put on this earth to take care of it, but instead we are polluting it each and every day.

Many may say what I do won’t make a difference. Look at the difference the kids at Oak Hill have made. Something as simple as not putting food stuffs in your garbage can cut down tremendously on the amount of methane gas that is produced in the landfill. My 4-year-old grandson had “earth day” at school a few weeks ago. He had to take an aluminum can to school for a project. He brought home a card that said the recycling of one aluminum can will conserve enough energy to power a T.V. for three hours. Let that sink in — one can — three hours.

What better way to attract new business and industry than to be an advocate of a clean environment for our county? Let your county officials know that you are a concerned citizen and would like to see some changes made in their stance on recycling. Remember, this is an election year.

Dianne Ray