I've lived in Baytown for five years now. When the "Blue Bins" were introduced I was surprised because there was no OPTION to have one. I quickly realized why once I saw my bill from the city for water, garbage, etc. Recycling is a money maker for them!
Recycling is a great thing to do and I am not saying otherwise. My problem is that I currently have my own recycling system and I do not require theirs. Now that we've got this new "Recycling Trash Can" I couldn't help but wonder what the FEE for it is. I called public works and was told the charge will now increase by 50 cents and there is NO OPTION to return the trash can or opt out of this service. 50 cents is not a lot of money to one person but to the entire city of Baytown it is.
I am sure there are checks and balances for the funds that the city will be receiving but I do not believe in them one bit. The powers that be just stuff their pockets and ask for more money when they don't have enough. A prime example, as I'm sure some of you have witnessed, is when the city started "Beautifying Baytown". During that time city ordinance went all over Baytown issuing tickets to residents for anything they could find. This made the city A LOT of money for most of the people ticketed were working class and could not or would not do community service instead. I was one of them, however I did the community service and learned a lot. The gentleman that supervises the "Crew" opened up my eyes with a short conversation.
I noticed we were picking up trash in old Baytown near low income housing areas daily. People didn't seem to care we were there and would throw beer cans in their front yard knowing we would pick it up. I asked,"Why doesn't the city ticket people here?" It would obviously be a sure ticket. He responded,"Do you think the people here would PAY for their tickets or do community service?" I answered most likely community service. And he said, "Exactly!"
This is long winded, and all for nothing as this will not change a thing. I just wanted to vent and ask does anyone else feel the same? I don't appreciate being treated like a dollar sign instead of a person with a voice. Being told that we're recycling and doing a great thing for the environment while we're being charged (even more money) for it is a joke. I feel like these are small steps towards monopolies, much like the Comcast Company. Thank you for your time.