Planet will pay the price if we don’t pay up
RECYCLING costs money it seems. The environment versus hard cash – an uneasy reality but one that rears its head from time to time, particularly in a recession. Who can argue against the need to protect the environment, if not for our sake then for our children and grandchildren? But money is what drives most of us, not necessarily because of greed, but to provide for those things that we value, such as education and health – the well-being of the children that, ironically, might be affected by a lack of green concerns. There seems to be no immediate reward for being green. There is immediate reward in saving money. Society is governed by money; it is the bottom line. Ultimately, however, those who argue that money is useless without a stable and healthy environment in which to live have an important point. Of course, many green measures do not need to cost much money, if at all. But to recycle on a large scale, as envisioned by Ashford Borough Council, does and that is why the garden waste will now be heading for burning, not recycling. But would the majority mind paying for it? Most reasonable people can stand being taxed if they can see that the money is being used wisely. What is wiser than recycling?