Letters to the Editor 8-21-19

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Wise decision to toss Save As You Throw plan

Dear Editor,
The Los Alamos Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB) has wisely decided to postpone plans to adopt a so-called “Save

As You Throw” plan for completely revamping trash and recycling collection in Los Alamos. This is a good thing and it is probably best if this concept is simply abandoned entirely.

For starters, it seems like the idea is designed to address a problem that doesn’t exist. If the desire is to reduce trash output the best approach is probably an educational campaign, not a draconian fee increase and a complete change to trash collection. And, while we all want more recycling, China’s limits on purchases of American recyclables have thrown the market into chaos. It would seem that big new changes to solid waste policy should not be considered until the market for recycled products finds its footing.

One product that is not only consistently viable in today’s marketplace is aluminum cans. Find out for yourself by finding aluminum metal recyclers in your area if you want to pick up a little spare change for your soda and beer cans.

This might be a better approach rather than imposing onerous new regulations that won’t actually do anything for the environment.

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