To The Daily Sun,
Potential tax savings are being stolen from us by our fellow citizens. I believe this theft is a product in some cases of willful disregard, and in other cases by a lack of awareness. How are these tax savings being stolen from us? Misuse of the city's recycling program at remote recycling locations such as at the city garage on Messer Street and behind the fire station in Lakeport.
People are discarding their recyclables into the dumpster-style recycling containers using nonrecyclable plastic garbage bags. In some cases so many bags have been stuffed into the containers you can barely see any loose recyclables. This is a problem because the single-stream recycling program used by Laconia, intended to make recycling more manageable for us, uses a mechanical system to sort the materials. This mechanical system is disrupted by any type of film such as plastic bags of any kind. Once this type of contamination of the recyclable materials occurs, the whole container is rejected and ends up being treated as trash. I'm not exactly sure what happens to every load of Laconia's trash, but I suspect it is handled multiple times in its journey of being trucked to a landfill, costing us money for every mile it is transported, and then we pay an additional fee to have it dumped in a landfill.
I, too, find it easy to transport my recyclables to the containers using plastic garbage bags. That said, it is also easy to dump the contents into the containers and keep the plastic bags to use again. The small grocery style plastic bags that many of us accumulate can be recycled at most grocery stores or donated to some organizations for reuse.
Hopefully, if we can get this issue under control, we will make a meaningful impact by decreasing the city's spending for trash disposal and waste management.
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