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We Shouldn’t Need Incentive To Recycle

October 2, 2013

Recycling is the law in New York state — not that much of Jamestown notices. The percentage of Jamestown residents who recycle isn’t pretty....

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Oct-02-13 3:22 PM

The only way you can regulate recycling is to go through every bag of garbage to see what is in it. Sounds like a job made for the writer of this editorial. If you try to "fine" people for not recycling you'll just end up with their garbage going somewhere else.

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Oct-02-13 11:16 AM

You would think that if the state law was actually enforced you wouldn't need further monetary incentives to recycle.

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Oct-02-13 9:17 AM

And oh yes, I have the best incentive. My employer lets me take the scrap metal - steel and aluminum that aren't 5 cent deposits to the scrap yard - better than letting the city make money off it. Does wonders too: Am able to pay both garbage AND electric with that money.

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Oct-02-13 9:15 AM

Fedup: The same way places like Weitsmans can pay you by the pound when you bring your cans or metal in. Excellent option. My ?? is how exactly do they pinpoint how much is being recycled is being turned over, and how much isn't.

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Oct-02-13 8:44 AM

I don’t have garbage pickup, so I have to go to the transfer station where you pay by the bag. The more I can recycle (which is free) the fewer bags that I have to pay for.

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Oct-02-13 6:22 AM

Charge by the pound for garbage? How in the world can you even consider this option? I never would, (ya) but others may just drag their bagged trash across the street to their neighbor's house and simply leave a very small bag in front of my house. And how much would a program like that cost? Perhaps someone was 'just kidding' when that option was brought up. We tried the 'per bag' cost in the past and that program was a bust. Perhaps people just don't recycle each and every week like in the case of glass; perhaps they put it out every other pick-up day.

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Oct-02-13 3:28 AM

You're right that we should not need such incentives.

But some people do.

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