COLUMN: ‘Talking trash’ in 2012: preparing for the local litter abatement program

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By Curtis Ochs

As we enter 2012 with high expectations, there have been several changes in the direction litter abatement and waste removal have taken.
Several of the largest cities in the U.S. have taken a look at the cost of garbage elimination, and have come up with new ideas on disposal.
Landfills cost a lot of money to buy, regulate and operate due to health and environmental issues. We all know the fact that our government units are short of money in seemingly every area. So, the new idea is to recycle, renew, and reuse all possible scrap material.
From grinding old shingles into reusable road tar to composting food scraps into mulch, the battle cry is “Work toward zero percent landfill waste.”
This leads us to the fact we are nearing the time for our Spring Roadside Litter Abatement effort. We will have material in place by the middle of March, so all non­profit groups can be making plans to pick up roadside litter the last of March through April. Since 2011 was one of the wettest years on record, we will give groups the whole month of April to finish their pickup.
We now have recycling cans through the graces of a Frankfort grant, so we will work with local businesses and the school system to work up a plan for using them at high traffic areas where their storage abilities are needed.
We all need to be more aware of making sure we hang on to our scraps till we can find a can.
With the combination of the Recycling Center and the traveling trailer, I look for a higher rate of recycling for 2012. If we all remember to bag what can be reused, and recycle it, we too can reduce our landfill waste.
If you have any questions, and/or suggestions, call me at 477-3218, or drop in at 220 Main Cross Street.