It’s rubbish

This might just be the dumbest article I’ve ever read in the Weekly `“Rubbish,” Dec. 6` and that’s saying something, since I still remember the issue about the fictional backwoods restaurant that serves manatee. It’s hard to even tell exactly what the point of this story is!

Even before you get to the interviews with the two retired economists and an “analyst” with the Reason Foundation, you bring up the thoroughly foolish economist’s argument that “we’ll never run out of X commodity because the price will rise then we’ll use Y.” This is true, of course, just as all good lies must contain some truth. But while this may make great sense with goods such as gold and truffles, I would argue that it makes none when considering ones that are both finite and have no practical substitute. Of course, the obvious nonrenewable, vitally necessary good is oil.

Funny, you mention that curbside recycling is predicated on cheap energy, yet don’t seem to mind that mass production and distribution of Styrofoam, plastics and other single-use goods are also only practical under the same conditions, not to mention the fact that these goods are generally made from or with oil or other fossil fuels.

In the first part of your story, you say that recycling isn’t an effective way of addressing dwindling natural resources, landfill space or global warming. All three appear to be easily disproved by a simple Google search.

I suppose I should at least say that your view of curbside recycling is correct in that it is a waste of valuable energy, but
considering the diffuse American development pattern, I’m not sure that a centralized collection facility that everyone would drive to is any better a solution.

Chris Blurton, Orlando

No, it’s compost

Thanks, Deanna `Sheffield` for highlighting the myths of municipal recycling programs `“Rubbish,” Dec. 6`. Many cities around the country have begun to address the shortfalls of such programs by shifting resources into an alternative that is not only economically efficient but provides a timely and tangible solution for solid waste issues: composting.

The top three components of municipal solid waste in our country are all compostable materials: paper, yard waste and food waste. Many cities initiate municipal composting programs to fully address these areas, including neighborhood and office compost sites. Some even sell the nutrient-rich compost back to residents -– including individuals, contractors, and parks and recreation agencies – to recoup the costs of composting.

While Central Florida does have a yard waste composting program, and a few municipal buildings are experimenting with office composting, we have a long way to go in the reduction of organic matter.

Until our community evolves, individuals can immediately begin reducing their waste output by composting at home. With a small initial investment of time and money, individuals can compost their organic waste for decades. You’ll literally watch the garbage output shrink – a far more tangible comfort than recycling can provide – and you’ll also benefit from harvesting rich (free!) fertilizer for your lawn and garden on the other side.

Emily Ruff, Orlando

Correcting Crossley

Your column `Happytown™, Nov. 29` quotes George `Crossley, president of the ACLU Central Chapter` as saying “`t`he `impeachment` issue hasn’t come up nationally, because ACLU bigwigs see it as a losing battle without Republican support.” To say that the issue hasn’t come up is inaccurate and unfair. In one form or another, the issue has been discussed at meetings of the national executive committee and board of directors. Just because the national ACLU and other affiliates reached a different conclusion than the Central Chapter doesn’t mean the issue has been ignored.  Moreover, George’s representation of why the national ACLU is not pushing for impeachment (i.e. lack of Republican support) is completely wrong, even though our state director has conveyed to him the actual rationale.

  Glenn M. Katon, Orlando

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