St. Charles Herald-Guide

Recycling needs to be part of our future

Our View - December 20, 2007

It makes sense to recycle materials that can be reused instead of dumping them in a landfill as trash. It won’t clutter up the landscape.

But since Hurricane Katrina, St. Charles and most of our neighboring parishes have not sorted debris. Now, almost all of it is picked up together and sent to the landfill.
Voluntary recycling has been available for those who choose to bring the recyclables to certain places at specified times. We congratulate those who did it. They are helping to save the earth from becoming a big trash heap. But, unfortunately, most of our citizens choose not to.

Now, Orleans and Jefferson Parishes are investigating the possibility of regionalizing recyclable pick-ups which may make it more affordable to do so. And they have left the door open for other parishes in the area, including St. Charles, to join in.

If a multi-parish recycling area is more affordable and practical to service, we certainly should keep abreast of the developments and join in if we can. We should not be bound by parish lines in any endeavors we do for the public good.

Recycling should be a major effort in our future. In the past, before populations and products that ended up in the trash heaps grew to the proportions they are today, recycling was not as important. Today, it certainly is.
We need to return to recycling whatever we can as soon as possible.