To the editor:
If we lose our curbside recycling program, we will be taking a giant step backward in my opinion. Our state was recently named the “Dirtiest State in the Nation,” and I believe the lack of recycling effort is a large contributor to the litter problem.
We have more than 500 recycling companies in South Carolina with an estimated 20,000 jobs supported by the industry. When we don’t recycle enough plastic to supply them, they have to import it, leaving tons of valuable material discarded in our landfills!
Instead of charging citizens to recycle, our town should make recycling the norm and educate the adult public, as well as school students, about the benefits and necessity of recycling.
Highland has managed to “close the loop” and sends nothing to the landfill. I’ve heard that INA is working on doing the same. The S.C. Department of Commerce has partnered with the Carolina Plastics Recycling Council to spread the message “Your Bottles Mean Jobs” for our state. So why aren’t we encouraging recycling to save these jobs and landfill space?
Our town council and mayor approved $26,400 for an advertisement budget in the hospitality tax department. How much was spent to advertise the curbside recycling program? Nothing that I can find in the budget.
How can we grow and expand a much-needed program that way?
Sarah Ann Thompson