Dixie Robinson has a good, sound idea for the holidays — recycle all that you can.
Robinson is a Goshen City Council member and in Monday’s edition she urged local residents to recycle the extra waste they produce during the holidays. And there is a lot of waste produced.
In our news story we cited a study that found an extra million tons of waste is generated each week in the United States between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. We think that with just a minimal effort, a lot of that waste can be diverted from local landfills and put back into the manufacturing stream, thus reducing the amount of original raw materials needed for producing goods.
Elkhart County residents are already doing a pretty good job of recycling their waste, according to Tim Neese, director of the Elkhart County Solid Waste District. He said about 50 percent of households in the county are recycling some items. So, we already have a good, sound base of environmental ethics in Elkhart County that we can build on to boost that percentage.
Christmas is the perfect time to commit to recycling. After all the presents are unwrapped and gifts are removed from their packages, families should take a look around their Christmas tree and consider all the paper, plastic and cardboard boxes that is destined for the county’s landfill. We think a brief investigation will reveal that some of the material can be recycled, and should be.
It make no sense to keep trucking tons and tons of recyclable waste to the county landfill. If you haven’t noticed, the landfill has been transformed from a hole in the ground to a mound that is becoming a very noticeable landmark. Without our local recycling effort, that mound would quickly become a mountain.