Planet will pay the price if we don’t pay up

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion -

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?

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