To the editor:
I’ve been a believer in efficient recycling since a kid cleaning the gutter in my grandparent’s barn and spreading the manure in the fields and crushing tin cans during WWII. But, when the city passed a residential curbside recycling ordinance in 2008, LeRoy Backhaus, myself, and many others said the ordinance was incomplete and flawed.
Some examples: The ordinance applies to only part of Vermillion. Single family and multi-family housing up to five units are required to pay a monthly fee whether they set recyclables out or not. This leaves our apartments over five units, mobile home parks, businesses, group homes, and more.
The effective date of the ordinance was Dec. 1, 2008, but the city did not start service until September 2009. The city violated its own ordinance for nine months. Who cares? Two points: There was no one on the council heady enough to change the effective date and does that mean we each can violate an ordinance for nine months? The entire city should have been phased in years ago.
Better yet, the recycling ordinance should have been single-stream with wheeled containers with lids that latch, can be manually or mechanically dumped and residential collection should be every other week.
The city has four satellite drop off trailers, but none in the Central Business District. Fifty percent of the drop off trailers have the wrong address on the official website of the city. Maybe city hall needs a few more assistants.
If people don’t speak up, government will run over us.