The Herald Bulletin

March 14, 2013

Editorial: Spring a great time to start cleaning up — and recycling


— Spring a great time to start cleaning up — and recycling

As the snows of winter melt, and the first green shoots of spring flowers poke up through the soil, a different, and much uglier reality is also evident along some of Anderson’s thoroughfares: a winter’s collection of trash thrown from passing automobiles.

Cigarette boxes, beer bottles, aluminum cola cans, Styrofoam drink containers from fast-food restaurants, all of that and a lot more can be found.

To be sure, someone can come along now and pick up the trash, but why should this task fall on anyone? No one points a gun to our heads and makes us purchase these items. So, surely, having acquired the cigarettes, colas, beer, etc., that comes in containers, the responsibility of proper disposal of containers falls clearly on the person who makes the purchase.

If you buy it, for heaven’s sake dispose of it properly. If you see someone throwing trash from their cars, jot down a license plate number and report the perpetrator to the police.

Speaking of properly disposing of what we acquire, it is disappointing to drive around neighborhoods the night before trash pickup and see how few households are taking advantage of the fact that the city of Anderson makes it so very simple to recycle.

What can be recycled? Steel cans, aluminum cans, newspaper, office paper, advertising catalogs, cardboard, plastic food containers.

What does it take to actually prepare items for recycling? Very little. Just rinse out food containers and put them along with the other items named above in a recycling bin.

Once people begin to recycle, they are amazed at how little real “trash” they generate, and how much of what they used to call “trash” now goes into a recycling bin.

How do you get a bin? It’s easy. Call Best Way Disposal at (877) 507-0470, and one of their employees will bring a recycling bin to your house. Give it a try. What do you have to lose?

So, as Mother Nature greens up our community with spring flowers, perhaps it’s a good time to join her with our efforts to respect the Earth. Dispose of trash properly. Recycle. After all, it’s our community, and it’s the only Earth we have.