COLUMN: For young and old, let’s learn to recycle

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By Curtis Ochs

Our young ones again face the challenges of absorbing all the knowledge necessary to survive in our modern world.
For us old people, the challenge is finding the way to grab their attention. Today’s world is a very fast-paced, high-charged distracting environment. To make matters worse, new products are brought to market before you have learned to use the item it replaces. That tends to create a “throw-away” society.
When we are faced with the mountains of discards that litter the landscape, it gives us a headache trying to figure out the best way to deal with the problem. We also have to face the fact that our society as a whole does not take seriously the need to contain and reuse as much of our throwaways as possible.
The state, through the Division of Solid Waste and Recycling, has been a lifesaver to the counties of Kentucky by giving us the opportunity to receive grants for the disposal/recycling of our waste. For example, we got word this week that our new grant approved scrap baler will be delivered the first week of September.
We got approved for funding for another fall and spring waste tire amnesty. We also will be having our Summer Roadside Litter Abatement Drive in late August/early September.
The litter abatement drive is very important to the appearance of our county. It is a valuable tool to aid non-profit groups to have project funding and keep our county attractive to our citizens and visitors.
We had such a large turnout of groups for the spring cleanup that we risk running low on funding before the end of the fall program. In order to spread out and equalize the money, I am asking all group leaders to come in the office the week of Aug. 19 and sign up. That way, when we have the pickup after Labor Day, I will know how much we can pay per mile as we will still allow eight miles per group.
We are in better shape than in the past, but we must continue to strive to improve our numbers on amounts saved and on the goal of a trash- and litter-free county.