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By Karen Helms

Recycling may not be obvious


To the Editor:

This is a response to George Ellis’s letter about recycling.

I would like to say that I have recycled since I was in junior high school, which is a long time. My business does, as do Klickitat Valley Health and the grocery stores, which have recycled their cardboard for years. The tire stores recycle tires. Just because a person may not see a recycle container doesn’t mean there isn’t recycling going on.

As for why some businesses do not recycle, it may be because there is a charge for the service. Some cannot afford the expense or nobody has approached them about the service. Also, if there are recycling containers put out and folks continue to throw trash in the container, it then becomes trash, not recyclable material.

Republic Services are not the ones to blame. They are a great company and do their job as well as can be expected. Maybe there should be a ride-along so that you can see what they deal with on a daily basis.

As for glass recycling, there are those folks who think it’s funny to break the glass prior to recycling, therefore hurting those picking it up, sorting it, or transporting it. You may take your glass to the transfer station yourself.

Needles are another issue, as they do not belong in the trash or recycling but in their own sharps container to protect those picking it up.


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