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Opinion Letters Recycling reduces number of garbage pickups

I read with much interest the article in the 11/27 edition of the Highlands Newspaper concerning the county landfill.

Starting last spring we seriously began recycling and quickly noticed how much our volume of actual garbage decreased. Although we get two garbage collections a week, we now find it only necessary to take the garbage can to the street once a week, and sometimes, every two weeks.

Since many of our friends and neighbors still live or have lived in other places, we inquired of them as to the number of garbage pickups they enjoyed elsewhere. Almost all only had one pickup per week,which they considered adequate. Now I have several questions.

  1. Could we do more to encourage folks to recycle? If so,
  2. Are our current recycling efforts profitable and helpful to the county's garbage disposal efforts?
  3. Do we really need two garbage pickups each week?
  4. Have there been any thoughts given to harvesting the methane gas produced in our existing landfill and using it to incinerate the garbage? A number of cities do this and even use the heat generated by the burning garbage to produce electricity.

If the future cost estimates for whichever disposal scheme selected are accurate, I can only imagine what our garbage fees and county taxes will be in a few years.

I urge our town and county officials to explore the latest garbage disposal technology before we are knee deep in garbage like some third world country.

Charles Wolf — Highlands, N.C.


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