Mt. Vernon Register-News

Opinion

June 14, 2014

Thanks for recycling

Editor:

I write to express my sincere thanks to Mayor Mary Jane Chesley and City Council members Lash, McEnaney, Piper, and Wood for implementing single-stream curbside recycling.

This initiative was, in my opinion, long overdue. Many community members have, over the years, lobbied and worked hard to encourage recycling in Mt. Vernon. Until very recently, this meant sorting our plastics, aluminum cans, newspapers, magazines, and cardboard into separate bags, boxes or containers we purchased ourselves and hauling them to various locations around town. We saw successes, followed by failures, and yet many of us continued because we couldn’t bring ourselves to throw things away that could be “reduced, reused and recycled.”

I never dreamed that we would be fortunate enough to get single-stream recycling right at our curb. Single-stream, for anyone who wonders what it means, is putting all of your recyclables into one container without sorting them first. This means that if you live in the city limits of Mt. Vernon, your cardboard, newspapers, junk mail, magazines, clean and rinsed plastics, aluminum and tin cans, etc. (not glass) can be put loose (not bagged) into the one large recycling container delivered to your home by Republic Services. If for some reason you live in the city limits and didn’t get a recycling bin, you can call Nathan McKenna, capital projects manager for the City of Mt. Vernon, at 242-6807, to have one delivered. When you put your container at the curb on your assigned recycling day every other week, its contents are emptied by Republic to be sorted and recycled.

Here are three points to keep in mind when you recycle:

1) If you’re confused about what can be recycled, read the giant sticker on the top of your recycling container that tells you what can and cannot be recycled. If you need a sticker or you have questions about what qualifies for recycling, call Nathan McKenna at 242-6807.

Text Only
Opinion
  • Teachers unions' destructive behavior You can always count on the national teachers unions to behave badly at their annual conventions, and they certainly didn’t let us down this month. In doing so, however, they let down many of their members, along with students who are working hard to

    July 26, 2014

  • Workers of the world, curb your ambitions A group of Democrats introduced legislation this week to protect low-paid shift workers from last-minute changes in their schedules. The idea fits into an intriguing category of economic activism: Not trying to lift low-paid workers out of poverty, n

    July 26, 2014

  • State of the reunion ‘Katy! It’s been so long! How’ve you been?”My God, she’s gained so much weight I didn’t recognize her. It’s a good thing we’re all wearing nametags. I thought it was some distant cousin past due with triplets.“Bob! Long time, no see.”No hair, either.

    July 26, 2014

  • Fear indifference ‘Perhaps the Catholic church would volunteer to pony up some cash for the illegals’ care then? Hmm?”“Pope should stay out of it. Matter of civil laws, not church laws.”“Thinking that the pope should want the illegals to go to Argentina to get better

    July 25, 2014

  • A push for felon voting rights If advocates have their way, voting rights could be a new reality for the nation’s incarcerated.Full voting rights for felons is as hot a topic in Washington as voting rights in reverse pushed by voter-ID-tickled Republicans. But with new legislation

    July 25, 2014

  • Big insurers need better oversight Could Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. threaten the stability of the financial system? The U.S.’s top regulators are asking themselves this question as they consider whether Berkshire and other large insurers should come under Federal Reserve

    July 25, 2014

  • Questions for Obamacare after the ruling Tuesday, I outlined what we knew about Halbig v. Burwell, the case in which a federal appellate court ruled that subsidies for purchasing insurance under Obamacare can only be made available on marketplaces established by states. Now I propose to out

    July 24, 2014

  • Pensions not the problem I see in last night’s Register-News paper that James Rippy has attempted to enlighten us on pensions in Illinois. I also notice he has written so often he no longer has the title “guest columnist.” It is obvious he has the time and energy to work on

    July 24, 2014

  • Impasse threatens border solution After more than a year of contentious debate, could Congress be any more divided over the issue of immigration? The answer is yes.In the House, positions are hardening over what to do about the tens of thousands of families and unaccompanied young im

    July 24, 2014

  • Take a lesson from Texas I like to eat at blue-collar diners and cafes, particularly when I’m on vacation.It’s a chance to step beyond the homogenized national chains and experience a bit of local flavor.And being a reporter, I like to chat up local folks to find out a bit a

    July 23, 2014

Twitter Updates
Facebook
Stocks