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Recycling grades, from A to F

Dear Editor:I believe each of us can do our part to stop global warming, and that one of the ways to do that is to recycle some of our waste so that it can be processed and reused. The other morning I walked around with the men who collect our curbside trash and recycling for Waste Solutions.As a judgmental person, I awarded some of my neighbors an A-plus. Outside their houses were bins containing a mix of glass, cans, tinfoil and No. 1 and No. 2 plastic bottles. Other bins contained newspapers. The men could easily dump the recycling in the correct holes on their truck.Others of my neighbors got an A-minus. Their bins contained both newspaper AND glass, cans, and so forth. This meant the men had to sort through the bins, which didn’t seem a problem unless a layer of newspapers covered the other recycling, leading the men to assume a bin contained only newspaper. In one such case, they tipped the bin into the newspaper hole and then had to fish out the cans, etc.The “wishful thinkers” dumped all sorts of stuff into their recycle bins. In those cases the men had to stop and sort through the bins and discard much of the contents as trash. I would have been tempted to throw the whole thing into the trash, but they didn’t. These neighbors got a B-minus. (The Waste Solutions men got an A-plus.)Many neighbors didn’t take advantage of curbside recycling at all. Perhaps they recycle elsewhere, or at irregular intervals. If not, these people get an F.Ann MacLeodBasalt