Too Much Garbage
Yet another study taking place. This time it's about garbage.
I'm surprised Eureka and the county at large hasn't diverted at least half of the waste we send to landfills. But, I guess if you look at the actual dumping operation at Eureka City Garbage, you see a lot of stuff being thrown out that doesn't need to be.
Sunday I was in there and saw a trailer full of old lumber being dumped. That could have been thrown in with the green waste, which ends up being chipped up. Maybe it was treated or had paint on it? Treated or painted wood doesn't go with green waste.
I still say they ought to try doing what they did years ago:
They used to have two or three guys going through the dumped trash and removing recyclabes. Those same people got to turn in the bottles and cans for trash.
Seems to me they could extend that and have them remove cardboard, lumber and all the rest, hopefully screening it when it comes in so it doesn't get dumped in the first place, like the lumber I saw getting dumped on Sunday.
One thing I don't want to see, as I've said before here, is trash pick up being made mandatory. That's not going to solve the trash or diversion problem and will just be one more thing you have to pay for.