Editorial: Recycling isn't that hard. Really.

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If it's plastic, paper or even cardboard, don't put it in the trash can.

Despite the ease, Bristol ranks as the ninth worst in the state in recycling.

The town may not hold the best recycling rates, but it's not for lack of trying. Town officials have established a committee, Bristol Recycles, to address the lackluster attitude toward recycling. The committee is forging ahead with a public recycling event this Saturday Nov. 2. The entire afternoon will be devoted to educating residents about the importance of recycling and the benefits the town could reap as a result.

Kudos to the town for paying attention; shame on residents for allowing this town to fall behind. In its simplest terms, the town is having to host an educational event in order to increase participation in the recycling program.

In the 21st century, we can't imagine the difficulty being experienced by residents who don't participate. Each home has two recycling bins (or should), a green and a blue one. This dates back to when you actually had to sort your recycling. Now you can just dump it all into these containers with out the -gasp- hassle of sorting it. The bins are free, too.

Every week, if you place the bins curbside, a recycling truck comes by to pick it up, and presto! It's gone. How much easier can it get?

The town's efforts to educate residents about the importance of recycling may be falling on deaf ears. If there are residents who don't know the meaning of the triple-sided arrow by now, perhaps that's an issue worth addressing, but you're not likely to find them.

Perhaps the best solution is one suggested by an author of a letter to the editor about perpetrators of domestic violence, found in the 10/31/13 Bristol Phoenix. In it, he suggests that the only way to rid the world of domestic violence is to eradicate it generationally. We were so brazen as a community to force smokers outside, shaming them for their addiction.

Perhaps we should shame those who threaten our livelihoods and the earth's sustainability.

 

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