Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Sun Valley promotes recycling

Sun Valley promotes recycling

I want to congratulate the city of Sun Valley's council members for adopting a new ordinance that encourages residents to reduce their waste. Such variable rate systems have significantly lowered garbage amounts and boosted recycling in literally thousands of communities across the country.

This new change will not only help Sun Valley residents maximize their recycling and reduce their trash but it will also greatly reduce the city's greenhouse gas emissions. Throughout the county, recycling efforts already avert some 10 million pounds of carbon dioxide, a significant global warming pollutant, each year. This is the equivalent of taking off the road over 900 cars annually.

This new program is fair, flexible and will return tangible environmental benefits.

Crafting new community programs can be difficult. I'd like to commend those residents who helped shape this new program with their concerns and criticisms. It is undoubtedly a better effort as a result of their input.

Helping Sun Valley residents reduce their waste is an important step in reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions and helping protect the environment for our children.

Craig Barry

Executive Director
Environmental Resource Center

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