Editorial: Green Up

Editorial Green Up 12-5-07

Prosperity poses potential problems when we don't recycle waste.

Alabama's Department of Environmental Management planned to reduce landfill waste by 25% over the past dozen years. Instead, it appears to have grown 50%.

Nationwide estimates show a 32% recycling rate.

Alabama estimates an 8% rate.

We can and need to do better.

Montgomery offers residential curbside recycling.

Take advantage of this service. It makes recycling as easy as possible - you just place your recyclables in an orange bag next to your trash container on trash day. A new replacement bag is left for you.

Some places - like Wetumpka - offer recycling centers. They are very helpful as well.

Landfills are finite. Do your part to keep them open.