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    Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
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    June 28, 2007


    Displaced Texan...

    Similar to mass transit systems, there are lots of studies out there showing recycling programs end up costing municipalities more than they could ever hope to recover.


    Maybe, but maybe profit should NOT be the only motivation.

    But I also believe that largely these types of studies reach conclusions that satisfy the group paying for the research.


    It isn't just the dollar cost to the community. It is the cost to the environment. The study in Seattle showed the additional trucks going out to pick up the recycled waste put more pollution in the air than was saved by recycling. Tha additional fuel used and wear and tear on the roads meant repaving of the roads at a faster rate. More petro products used, therefore more carbon emissions.

    Recycling is good, but the method of recycling needs to be well thought out to get the best return in net reduced pollution. Many of the current programs do not attain that goal. There needs to be more thinking outside the box to deal with these issues. Communities just seem to adopt what has been done by others, without determing the net impact on the environment. They can say they are supporting recylcing, which most assume is good, when in fact it may be more detrimental to the environment.

    Displaced Texan...

    There is no maybe about it. Reality is that recycling programs, while well intentioned, ultimately become service that taxpayers end up supporting.


    I remember reading an article a couple of years ago by a citizen whose municipality or county demanded that all recycling materials be separated--glass, plastic, newspapers, etc. The residents dutifully did all of the above, and one morning the citizen looked out to see the recycling truck pull up, and the worker grabbed the bin(s) and dumped everything into the truck--which had only one compartment. For the life of me I can't remember where it was, but it is a true story. I still laugh when I think about it.

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