New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, January 25, 1995, Page 5

Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung January 25, 1995

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 25, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday, Jan 25, 1995 ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ 5 A Recycling statements clarified In the Herald's Tuesday paper about Monday night's city council meeting, I feel the context of dur petition on the recycling election effort implied that I was against recycling itself. I want to make it clear that the petition was presented to the council because we arc not pleased with this particular contract and above all, we felt we were denied the democratic process of voting on it. We arc not against recycling. We realize our city council has many decisions to make and they spend our tax dollars on various needs all the time. We arc, however, committed to the belief that the Nov. elections proved people want less big government from the federal, state and local levels. We want government to be responsible and to stop the unfunded mandates. Because this recycling contract is new and costly, we felt council should have allowed us to vote before mandating that every individual resident be charged whether they participate or not. They should have approved the committee's findings and then allowed the citizens to vote. There arc many people that have different reasons for not supporting this contract. Many pf us think it is environmentally irresponsible not to contain the recyclable garbage to keep it from blowing everywhere. After all, we recycle to help the environment don't we? We need lids. There are many senior citizens on fixed incomes and other disadvantaged families that really can't afford the $1.85- especially since garbage rates just increased. It seems that it would be much more fair and equitable to have elected, rather than mandatory, participation. At least we have a dialogue now and we've made our feelings known. We hope our city council has learned that no matter how laudable a new program or idea may be, we the citizens want the right to vote. Please stop the mandates. Tricia Cordell Thanks for recycling program Dear Editor, Thank you to the City of New Braunfels for bringing us curbside recycling. After years of sorting and holding recyclables until our family could make trips to various drop-offs, this is heaven. We are proud of living rn a community with a commitment to the future. Now a tip to others—when purchasing products, look for labels stating that a percentage of the product or package comes from post-consumer waste. This makes the circle of recycling complete. I hank you. Jane Langley Give recycling a chance Dear Editor, Let s not scrap the recycling program before we've even given it a fair chance! I was dismayed to read the front page headline Sunday (Complaints I ucl t ill for Recycling Election) for I w as proud that New’ Braunfels tin.illy arranged for curbside recycling I he complaints I have heard about the program certainly do not scent serious cm ugh to warrant mort-g mig our planet’s future. I would like to think that some kind of arrangement could be worked out with BEI for pro-viding lids for the recycling bins, as hav ing to predict the weather by 7 a m. is indeed tricky. However, as far as rinsing out a mayonnaise jar, hasn't the man ever heard of a sponge? Or soaking ’ True, we’re going to have to expend a little more energy than it takes to toss trash in garbage cans without a second thought, but I’d like to think that we’re all foresighted enough to make the extra effort. Actually, when you consider that BFI doesn’t require us to remove the labels, crush cans, or to separate the items, a little rinsing seems easy enough to do. This is an issue where money cannot be the absolute bottom line. We must think of the message we are giving our children and what we are saying to people and businesses from other communities. We want them to know that we’re not just concerned about the here and now, but we’re doing something positive about the future! Sincerely, Laura Schulte Recycling deserves support Dear Editor, It disturbs mc greatly that so many complaints and negative reactions about recycling have surfaced, lf it is just blowing off steam to release pressure, it is a good thing. But if it develops into a vigorous opposition to the recycling program, there is cause for alarm. Recycling is the effort to deal constructively with a shameful aspect of our culture—our waste material. It is a major economic and cultural problem. Whereas in parts of Europe ALL waste is converted (salvaged) for useful purposes, we pile it up or bury it, producing hazards of contamination. So the effort to recycle our waste should receive every support and goodwill. Is this a priority in the well-being of our city and community? You’d better believe it! Let’s forget our personal feelings about some of the imperfections at the beginning of the program. Here is a wonderful opportunity to make us feel that we arc a part of something bigger and more important than we as individuals. With a little good-will we can help to iron out some of the wrinkles...like putting a brick on the paper on a windy day and putting the paper in a plastic bag on a rainy day. A mayonnaise jar can be cleaned in less than a minute with a cup or two of water at 200° F. All that is needed is the attitude: “I want to help a worthy cause.” Just plain good-will. lf a recall election of the program would win, it still would not prove that the "vox populi” is right. It would, however, prove that the people so voting were expressing their feeling of self-concern as more important than the well-being of the community. Let’s have a responsibility to something that is bigger than ourselves! Elmer H. Gumper Response to recycling critics Dear Editor, There have recently been some negative Letters to the Editor about the recycling program that I feel the need to respond to. I, for one. was excited about the program finally happening here! I would trust that Ms. Curtis and Mrs. Ken-nady checked into the program before presenting it for approval and that the company will be recycling the items rather than "dumping” them elsewhere. As far as the unsightly appearance — I think it is a plus for the community to finally do something as a team. The first pick-up day was well received with blue containers all up and down the streets. It looked like a COMMUNITY EFFORT. (I guess most of you remember that...) I always felt guilty about everything we put into our garbage cans and dumped at the landfill. Now I have a feeling of pride when I can do something worthwhile to protect the environment. Where else can you get that for $1.85 a month? Vivian Reagan Stand behind recycling Dear Sir, I read with amazement, and some disgust, your article concerning the flap over recycling. As a positive from the article, I am looking forward to meeting Susan Curtis, Chairwoman of the Recycling Advisory Committee. She sounds like she has it all together. The people of New Braunfels (and Comal County) arc going to have to face reality concerning landfill space. People are complaining about the fuel costs for recycling trucks, the $1.85 monthly charge, and the water it takes to wash out a mayonnaise jar (?). What will they say when our landfill is prematurely filled and we have to pay the costs to haul trash 30, 50, maybe even IOO miles to a landfill? Landfill space is at a premium and costs arc mushrooming because of governmental regulations (that is, when an area can be found that is suitable for a landfill...people don’t want landfills in “their” area). So New Braunfels, we’d better do w hat we can to conserve our present landfill. Let’s give recycling a chance. By the way, City Council, if you thought recycling would be beneficial for New Braunfels when you passed the ordinance, how about standing behind it now? Norman E. Stephens No recycling election needed Dear Editor, This letter is in response to the article in the paper concerning Mary Scrold’s effort to have the City Council call for a vote to stop curbside recycling in New Braunfels. We are strongly opposed to this, for several reasons. First of all, the issue of curbside recycling has been debated in the City Council meetings, newspaper, and on the radio for almost a year. Who could not have known that it was coming. of what it would involve, and how much it would cost? In fact, volunteers were requested from the public, to be on the committee that studied the feasibility of recycling in New Braunfels. Where were all of the complainers then? Ignorance of the issue is not a valid excuse Secondly, wasn’t the motion to start recycling passed unanimously by the City Council? Why is an election about it being requested now? What about all of the money already spent on the program? The fact that 57% of the households in our city participated in the first week of recycling shows that a majority of our citizens already have shown their support for the program. Why must taxpayer money be spent on an election to confirm the community’s support of recycling? lf some citizens find washing out a mayonnaise jar every other month or so too difficult, just throw the jar away arni recycle your newspapers only. 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The scholarship winner will be selected on the basis of academic standing and demonstrated interest in print journalism. Applicants should submit their highschool transcript, a letter of reference from a high school journalism or English teacher, and a statement outlining their career goals in print journalism. Applications should be submitted by Feb. 21 to: David Sullens, Publisher New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung 707 Landa New Braunfels, Texas 78130 Ijt’ TOO AV j NLV\^^ „ t PON 1t H lo K    CIOCI    S I von I O I IMT a .if , OVtltNGCS of the USA in general, don’t mind the extra effort and can certainly rinse things out without wasting water. As for the issue of soggy newspapers, store them in your garage until a dry day; anchor them with a jar if it is windy. Arc these things really valid concerns or just excuses for not doing something that will benefit our city for generations to come? A blue bin on the curb isn’t unsightly—rather, it shows a family who cares. The minimal charge for curbside recycling is nothing compared to the cost of a citywide election, or the cost of scrapping the entire program, lf you don’t want to put your recyclables out, at least consider the monthly expense and investment in your children’s and grandchildren’s futures. We urge all New Braunfels residents who support curbside recycling to write a note to, or to call their city council representative showing their support. If it is true that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, let’s squeak loudly and clearly to save money on a needless election. Citizens who care should win, not a few complainers. Sincerely, John M. Tieman, M.D., Laurie Tieman, Sherryl and Kent Gerke, Krista Gerke, Kent Toppert, Gaye Toppert, Mike Lindt, Coetta Lindt, Caille Jacks, Randal Jacks, M.D., Patricia Albrecht, Warren Albrecht, M.D. Recycling worth the effort Dear Editor, We know we speak for thousands of individuals who. like us, were so happy to sec those blue and white bins arrive which indicated that we in New Braunfels were finally joining the rest of the progressive cities in America and most all of the industrialized nations by having a serious program for recycling. Hallelujah and thank you very much! We are definitely on the right track. Our grandparents were the premier recyclers—everything was reused because they strongly believed in the axiom “Waste not, want not.” It is a powerful concept; it will have positive ramifications for our world in a time we will not sec—but our children and our grandchildren will benefit. Let’s work out the “bugs” in this new program and move on to the next challenge—there’s lots to do! All those who feel similarly—please call your City Councilperson or City Hall at 608-2100 and help them to balance the barrage from complainers who are not looking at the “big picture.” Your at-large representatives: Chris Bowers, 625-3113; Jan Kennady, 625-6739 (h); Tim Walker, 625-5959 (h). District I : Ambrosio Benitez, 625-8350/606-8011 (h). District 2: Mary Serold, 625-5854 (h), 625-5987 (w). District 3: Brenda Freeman, 629-5433 (h), 625-7711 (w); District 4: Paul Fraser, 629-5454 (h). Mary and Bill Hitch Recycling is not cost effective Dear Editor, Again the Wall Street Journal bongs out the truth about curbside recycling. In the Thursday. Jan. 19, 1995 paper, the WSJ headlines a story on this subject: “Waste of a Sort, Curbside Recycling Comforts the Soul, But Benefits arc Scant. Myths Help Fuel Programs That Turn Out to Cost More Than They Deliver.” Quoting further, “At least by any practical, short-term measure, curbside recycling does not pay. It costs residents and local governments hundreds of millions of dollars more than can be recouped by selling the sorted trash.” Why doesn’t our city investigate before committing to a non-profit venture? Many of us do not wish to pay an additional $ 1.85 for the accomplishment of an unprofitable task. Our city officials should work to reduce the citizens’ costs, not increase them. I spent some time at the local library, and found that curbside recycling has been studied many times. It simply doesn’t pay! Why should we be forced to pay for an unprofitable business? The citizen should have a voice in this matter. As it now stands, we don’t have to recycle, but we have to pay. It* is decidedly unfair. 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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: January 25, 1995

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