Re­cy­cling in Siloam Springs

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - OPINION - From: Louise G. Mann Fayet­teville

Dear Siloam Springs, thank you for run­ning a clean, hon­est curb­side re­cy­cling pro­gram.

It pro­vides re-man­u­fac­tur­ers, also called end-users, with ma­te­rial they can ac­tu­ally make into new prod­uct. An alu­minum can is re­cy­cled and back on the gro­cery store shelf in less than 60 days. That means back in the eco­nomic loop!

Amer­i­can curb­side re­cy­cling is in a cri­sis, and it could have been pre­vented. Putting all re­cy­clables: pa­per; plas­tic; met­als and glass into a sin­gle com­part­ment truck (sin­gle stream re­cy­cling) sig­nif­i­cantly in­creases the level of con­tam­i­na­tion. Lit­tle

Rock ad­mits around 40 per­cent with their sin­glestream col­lec­tion pro­gram. I won­der how much higher that num­ber would be if we could look in­side the bales be­ing shipped.

Your curb sort pro­gram, in which re­cy­clables are sorted at the curb into seg­re­gated com­part­ments on the truck, prob­a­bly re­sults in less than five per­cent con­tam­i­na­tion. The sys­tem could be tweaked, with more ef­fi­cient trucks and bins. Wake up en­trepreneurs, op­por­tu­nity awaits!

This mess with China would not have hap­pened had Amer­i­can cit­i­zens stayed en­gaged with their lo­cal Three R pro­grams, thus re­sult­ing in trans­parency, and had not the garbage in­dus­try been given to­tal con­trol of mu­nic­i­pal re­cy­cling. They should only have con­trac­tual in­struc­tion. Folks, we are talk­ing about $5 bil­lion in an­nual busi­ness, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent CNN.com Money ar­ti­cle, which can be seen at http://cn­n­mon.ie/2wUEZwV.

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