Friday, July 27, 2012

Bin by bin

Bin by bin, recycling is getting easier in Blaine County.

A new sorting system approved by the Blaine County commissioners is still short of a single-stream system that would allow businesses and residents to put all recyclables into a single bin—the simplest of all ways to recycle.

However, a newly modified system will reduce sorting from six bins to three—fiber (all paper items, metal (all cans) and plastic. New restrictions will limit the plastics that may be recycled, but even with these, easier sorting should encourage more people to begin or to continue recycling in homes and businesses.

Going from six bins to three may not sound like a big step for committed recyclers, but reducing the amount of space it takes to recycle is a big deal for residents who live in small homes and apartments.

Avid recyclers are complaining about the county's decision not to continue to accept glass at curbside, but to accept it only at the county's recycling center or in bins that may be designated in the cities.

The county had little choice because recycling must generate revenue to succeed, and there is no commercial market for glass. As it is, the county simply stockpiles glass in Ohio Gulch.

Even though the system isn't perfect, people and businesses that are not recycling should begin, and people who are recycling should continue.

Recycling reduces the need for vast amounts of land for garbage dumps. It prevents pollution, saves energy, conserves natural resources and over time will help today's generations pass along a more sustainable world to the next.

That's worth some personal effort.

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