In my working life, I taught a lot about ecology issues. I recently read two letters to the DCI editor: "Careless drivers abuse public lands" by Loretta Molitor and also "Evidence of subspecies" by Darrel Parmenter both of Cedaredge, published on Sept. 11.
I was grateful they had taken the time to write those two sad commentaries on the state of affairs in Delta County. Thank you.
Since moving here in 2003, I, too, have issues with those who "trash" their cans, food containers, cigarette butts (a fire hazard), etc. on the side of our roads, both in my own neighborhood in general, along our highways and on public lands. Just last week, we took a trip to the county dump and I was shocked to see how the size of the mound of trash has grown since my last trip there over a year ago. It is a MOUNTAIN.
Shame on us! Can't we do better? I think so. One of my neighbors, Bev Stitt of Cedaredge (a devout re-cyclist), was kind enough to do some preliminary research about recycling and "getting rid of trash." In Bev's interview with Rachel of Double J Disposal Inc., 20745 Austin Road, Austin, she found out the following.
1. Residential customers in Cedaredge, Hotchkiss and Delta town limits can pay an extra fee of $7.50 per month to have recycled items picked up at the home. If you have questions about recycling, call Rachel at 835-3706.
Purchase a $10 punch card good for 10 visits to the recycling facility at 21358 Austin Road. They ask that recycled materials be sorted by boxes. $1 per dropoff! What a bargain!
They will take cardboard, papers, newspaper, paperback books and all plastic with numbers 1-7. They will take glass bottles of all colors, as well as all kinds of aluminum and tin. They will not allow "dumping" at their Austin site. They will not take styrofoam.
2. Simply don't throw trash out of your car on the roadside.
3. Recycle used oil at the county dump or at Double J Disposal but please call in advance as they have limited capacity.
What about other options?
1. Recycle aluminum cans at the grocery store in Cedaredge. This is sponsored by the local 4-H Club. I am sure that the other towns in the county have similar collection places.
2. Grocery stores in Delta will take clean plastic bags or you can give them to any local thrift stores in the area.
Come on folks, we can do better! You can take part. Keep Delta County beautiful!
Let's all help celebrate National Recycle Day on Nov. 16.
KUDOS to all who currently recycle and don't trash our roadways!