Recycling shouldn't cost citizens money

Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The city is planning a new recycling plan, and although it is a good idea, there are a few unanswered questions that need some explaining. One thing is for sure, I don't think the city should be mandating anything like this.

First, the recycled materials are valuable and will bring a good price on the recycle market. The question is, does the city or Arrow Refuse get the money when the product is sold? What is the cost to the city? How many more employees? And the list goes on.

I would guess Arrow Refuse should realize a pretty fair margin of profit from the cans, bottles and other items. This should more than pay for the cost of handling the recycled items. Arrow Refuse has several thousand customers in the Juneau area at the proposed rate of about $30 per household and business. That is a lot of money. And on top of this, they will be well paid for the recycled items at the time of resale.

The average household in Juneau is strapped for money on everything from gas and heating oil to rent, lights and food, just to name a few. If the city and Arrow Refuse want to recycle, let them pay the recycle costs themselves.

Bud Womack


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