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Opinion

An inefficient recycling system

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 08:42 PM

On the first Saturday of the month, we in northwest Hillsborough County are to take any electronic or chemical waste for recycling at the Sheldon Road station. We attempted that at 10:30 a.m. on July 7, but the line of cars to enter the site was very long. Each of the 30 or so vehicles probably had engines and air conditioning running as they waited to dispose of unsafe materials.

Rather than waste gas and emit carbon as we waited to recycle — for the good of the planet, after all — we left. We returned later (1:15 p.m.), as the lines surely would be shorter. But the site was already closed, despite the posted closing time of 2 p.m., because the site was "full."

A dozen cars were turned away in just the minute or two we were there. How many more made the trip after we did before 2, only to find they could not do the right thing?

There has to be a better way. I had one inkjet printer. Could there possibly be a walk-up or drive-up disposal area for smaller electronics?

How many people, frustrated with this system, will come back next month — when the situation will likely be the same — and how many will sneak their poisons and electronics into their twice-weekly garbage collections instead?

It would be very easy to hide my printer in a bag of trash, were I so inclined. Please, Hillsborough County Solid Waste Division, look for some practical alternatives to this inefficient system. We've already wasted enough gas making two trips — for nothing.

Margaret Johnston

Odessa

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