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Opening Arguments

Color me green

Well, OK, I signed up for one of the new recycling carts, mostly because it would be a pain to deal with stacks of old newspapers without participating. And there's a bonus!

Residents may keep their current yellow and brown bins, reuse them for another purpose, or after receiving their new recycling cart, may leave their bins on the curb and crews will collect them within 72 hours.

Let's see. Turned upside down, the bins would make nice end tables. Or I could put them on their sides and use them as bookshelves. Oooh, oooh, wait! If I place them a little bit apart, joined with a board on top, I'd have a dinintable. Of course, then I'd have to find another use for my fancy felt-topped table with the built-in cup holders and the pot passers.


William Larsen
Wed, 12/29/2010 - 1:44pm

I did not sign up for the larger bin, but my young son did as soon as he saw the card come in the mail. It is his job to haul that stuff out every other week. The idiot who thought that two small bins would be enough to hold a families recycled waste for two weeks was clearly lacking in common sense. For a large family that has recycled for decades, the large black garbage bin would be small and the yellow one should have been for garbage.

My son will be happy to know he can keep the brown and yellow bins, though my guess the neighborhood association will hate them. He uses them to make snow bricks. The sloped sides with drain holes in the bottom make an ideal form for making the bricks. The bricks can be stacked fairly high while still keeping structural stability.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 11:47pm


Since you probably never tried, you may be surprised to find out that my newspapers fit into the same common plastic bag(s) that I fill with all my garbage and refuse. I would think that the libertarian editor of the N-S would already know that recycling newsprint is far more costly than dumping it into the landfill . . . and that we do not need government to dictate how we will dispose of trash.

With the scrap price on all non-metal recyclables down, we continue to recycle them. This means that recycling goes on unabated but actual materials recycled go down because the trash hauler/recyclers are burying more of that nicely sorted stuff.

The City of Fort Wayne set out to solve a problem that didn't exist when they adopted this newest approach to providing a service that most residents do not want. Why would we now encourage such corporatism?