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Mandatory recycling would help the state


To the Editor:

I had been thinking of this recycling thing for a long time before I finally decided to write a letter to your newspaper. I just don't understand why Michigan doesn't have some mandatory recycling! Do you know how many tons of plastic, glass, tin and other stuff goes into a landfill in a week's time? On garbage pickup days as I drive down the road or in town (Capac), it angers me to see all the garbage bags at the curb. I have been recycling for more than 20 years. I used to take the cardboard, paper, glass, plastic, foam, tin, into Port Huron once a month. The public abused this location by throwing dirty disposable diapers and other garbage into the containers so it closed down.

But we have a recycling unit right here in Capac at the Allenton Collision property on M-21. It takes paper, plastic, tin and glass. Many people use it, but many more don't.

I do not have garbage pickup (everything is recycled!) I give my egg cartons, newspapers and plastic bags to a friend who uses them to sell her farm products. Our food scraps are thrown in the compost pile or in a field. Only junk mail is burned in our trash burn barrels.

In North Carolina they have limited mandatory recycling. We could have that, or even go further. I will not put trash in our landfills. We do not own this land, we are only borrowers! It is to be used by future generations. We complain about Canada's trash being dumped here in Michigan, but we need to cut down on our own trash. Re-do, re-use, give to someone who can use it—there's always someone who can use it.

Elizabeth Schavillie, Allenton
August 26, 2009

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