Initially, I was not favorable about my wife signing up for Tooele City’s recycling program. After participating for more than a year now, I’m amazed at the amount of recyclable waste that my wife and I generate and contribute! Needless to say, I’m now sold on the program. I’m not a “tree huger” and won’t bore you with environmental justifications for recycling. Suffice it to say that it’s simply the right thing to do.
I do question why a small minority of folks has to pay for the privilege to participate in the program. To me, it should be a mandatory obligation for all Tooele residents, as it is in most cities across the country these days. I realize that the program is not self-sustaining, necessitating the present $5.65 monthly fee for each blue container and for contracting services associated with collecting and hauling the waste to the recyclers. I’ve heard that approximately 1,500 Tooele households participate in the program today. I wonder what the monthly fee would be if all Tooele residents were required to participate? I suspect that the individual monthly fee would be lower. In addition, I suspect that landfill operating costs would be lower as well.
I realize that some folks can’t afford an increase in their monthly city services bill. I’m sure that folks on fixed incomes and those who simply can’t afford an increase can be accommodated. But for the rest of us, the nominal monthly fee associated with recycling is a small price to pay for the service and for the long-term benefits it facilitates. As stated earlier, it’s simply the right thing to do.