Meetings will discuss Indy recycling

Meetings will discuss Indy recycling

There are 11 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Oct 23, 2006, titled Meetings will discuss Indy recycling. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

The city of Indianapolis will host a series of town hall meetings on recycling starting tonight.

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Concerned Citizen

Saint Louis, MO

#1 Oct 23, 2006
I will recycle when it is free, and I take that as a loss. When I was younger I remember walking through the neighborhood and picking up aluminum cans and recycling them so I could buy baseball cards. A lot more people would have no problem recycling if all they had to do was seperate it and set it on the curb, but even $1 a month is too much. Ask the people on the internet between free and .02 cents.
A Recycler

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Oct 23, 2006
The city needs to adopt a "pay-as-you-throw" program. It is self subsidizing and strongly encourages people to participate.

This type of program awards people who recycle and charges fees for people who choose to continue to send their waste to the landfills and power plant. Sending out quarterly billings to concerned citizens who recycle will disolve the current recycling program in the long run. It's self defeating.
Bryan Maloney

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Oct 23, 2006
Ha, you're a funny guy. "Pay-as-you-throw" is one funny joke. What, you don't get the joke? I'll tell you about "pay-as-you-throw". The city of Ithaca, New York, has such a program. It is the most regressive tax, ever. People who have money can afford to contract to private haulers for less than what Ithaca charges for public pickup. The thing is that Ithaca charges bit by bit while the contractors use a large lump sum. Likewise, this "pay-as-you-throw" scam is not just used to fund recycling. Instead, since it specifically targets the one group of people least likely to take direct political action, it is now considered part of the general Ithaca revenue stream. It's a liberal's dream. A tax that only attacks the poorest. So long as the wealthy don't have to pay it, they won't try to get it repealed!

United States

#4 Oct 23, 2006
The city needs to implement two programs which I think will be ideal. Model the recycling program after bloomington. It's $2 a tag for a trash bag on its own or a large can. And the recycling is free every other week! As a college student, we were reluctant to pay the two dollars a tag for all of our pizza boxes and "party waste." The city provided one recycling box, we requested another and ended up buying less trash bags, and only had to buy about $20 worth (10 tags) in about a month & half. That was with four people in the house. Everyone recycled.

Also, institute money back from bottles and cans like Michigan does for bringing back the beer cans to recycle.
david snodgress

Atlanta, GA

#5 Oct 23, 2006
i am a hoosier by birth, tar heel by choice! goldsboro, nc where i live has a re-cycling program that is very effective. all glass, paper, card board,aluminum cans, plastic #1-2 are collected every 2 weeks. this started in 1990 with different areas of the town phased in. reduced throw away trash by 2/3 in our household of 3. mandatory for the city. the city has large container on wheels with 6 large cubes to seperate above items. 2nd container on wheels for throw away trash. go colts/pacers and of course I.U.

Elmhurst, IL

#6 Oct 23, 2006
This article suggests to me that the city is paying over $1 million a month to subsidize curbside recycling. Could this be better spent by expanding centralized collection sites (the green bins at the Krogers and other locations)? I thought I was doing the public-spirited thing by changing to curbside, but this is nuts!

Also - what about E-Scrap recycling (dead electronics, not old but working computer equipment)- I know there are occasional drop points set up but I'm not sure how welcome dead silicon is.

Fishers, IN

#7 Oct 23, 2006
If people want to recycle that's fine, but I don't want to pay for the privilage. And any ordinance that makes it manditory will only succeed in making lawbreakers out of otherwise law-abiding citizens like me who have better things to do with their time than sorting their trash.

Plainfield, IN

#8 Oct 23, 2006
I think Recycling is a waste of the City's time and money.

Sheridan, IN

#9 Oct 23, 2006
Brian - The idea below IS the pay as you throw concept "The Recycler" was talking about. They implemented it in East Lansing, MI 15 years ago and worked just fine. Even poor students (like me at the time) participated. It was $1 a bag and everyone I knew were more than willing to abide by the rules.$3-$5 a week isn't going to make or break you.

Dayton, OH

#10 Oct 24, 2006
I was under the impression our taxes paid for Indianapolis trash pickup.

I used to run a recycling warehouse and there is good money in that. So the question is, who's gonna make the money on this? who's got the inside on it? Find that answer and once again we are paying for someone else to make money. Sad.

United States

#11 Oct 24, 2006
People don't recycle because they have to pay for it. I think alot more would if it were free. The city has to make something off of it, don't they? Increase pickup after the increase in demand, therefore no financial losses?

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