Tooele City and county have been experiencing explosive growth in both residential and commercial entities, which is a good thing because unless we are growing, we are dying. This is true for all things except for garbage. I am astounded that something hasn’t been done to incorporate recycling in our city and county — except for Grantsville, which seems to be more forward thinking about recycling and taking care of our environment.
Before it was discontinued, I could take my plastics and paper across from Stansbury Park where there were some containers for recycling there. For whatever reason, that was discontinued, then I had to start taking my paper to the schools were there were containers for recycling there. Now all of those containers have been removed, so I am unable to recycle at all, along with everyone else in Tooele and Erda.
Greenbox recycling does not accept plastic or paper, and the Tooele Landfill does not recycle these things either. Tooele needs to start thinking of the growing garbage problem as it allows for more human growth. When a plastic bottle takes 450 to 1,000 years to completely decompose, we need to ask ourselves: Without recycling, how is this going to affect our children’s future and the future of our planet?