Make recycling more pleasant
I spend my summers in New Meadows, Idaho, a small, small town. New Meadows has a bank, a hardware store, a post office and the best recycling facility.
The facility is basically just a large roof with walls on two sides supported by beams. You drive through and the bins are very clean and organized. The large roof is very nice looking and it keeps the area dry. The bins are separated by color of glass, plastic type, etc. People who recycle are generally conscientious and help keep the area pleasant and organized.
I hear that Aspen’s recycling program is in jeopardy because recycling isn’t cost effective. Well, perhaps the additional sorting required by Aspen’s mixed bins makes our recycling more expensive than it needs to be. Not too many people recycle here, and that’s because it’s muddy and messy at our recycling facility.
If we had curb-side recycling pick-up, more people would recycle. In lieu of that, we should make our facility more pleasant to encourage its use. As far as the concern about cost, the need to recycle is more important until we come up with a better solution.
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Aspen’s dirty downtown alleys are enough of a blight that the city government is taking the initiative to clean them up this week.