Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

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Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

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City of Charleston should be ashamed of recycling plan

Editor:

I can hardly believe the Charleston City Council and Department of Public Works have decided, in the name of recycling, to add tens of thousands of plastic bags to the environment instead of providing lids for existing bins. It is shameful that only 20 to 30 percent of Charleston recycles. Now you are asking the very people who care most about the environment to add to the problem.

Recycling is extremely important and far reaching. There are islands of plastic floating in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, each of which are bigger than Texas. Recycling is a way to minimize our contribution to this garbage that can take hundreds of years to biodegrade. Some municipalities in the U.S. are banning the use of plastic bags in stores. Yet, the Charleston City Counsel is recommending we add to this plastic pollution.

I have two recycle bins, one is 15 years old and one is 12 years old; each is in good condition. The cost of 12 years of plastic bags (using two a week) at 15 cents a bag is $187 and adds 1,248 bags to the environment, for one family. A sturdy plastic lid for existing bins will last many years and cost much less than these bags.

I recommend we purchase quality heavy duty plastic bins with lids, and supply lids to people who already have bins.

We will save money in the long run and help the environment instead of adding to the problem.

Lets give the country a reason to admire West Virginia rather than ridiculing us.

Laura Mahony

Charleston

Great Kanawha River Cleanup a wonderful event to be part of

Editor:

On Saturday, September 5, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protections Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) sponsored the 26th Annual Great Kanawha River Cleanup. More than 100 eager volunteers turned out to help clean up five sites along the river from Gauley Bridge to Winfield, removing more than two tons of litter and debris.

The DEPs Make It Shine Program is aimed at improving the water quality and appearance of one of our states most important natural resources our streams and rivers. …

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