Making recycling easier

 

Nov. 5 is Florida Recycles Day. I urge readers to be particularly mindful of their waste habits on this day — and every day.

Nationally, recycling is a great American success story. The average person generates about four pounds of trash per day, and recycles about a third of it. That is three times the amount of garbage recycled in 1980.

Recycling is critical for the conservation of precious natural resources, and saves tremendous amounts of energy.

But we still can do better, and that is why Florida legislators passed a bill in 2010 that would increase our state’s recycling rates to 75 percent within a decade. This is an ambitious goal, but we can get there if every Floridian does his or her part.

On our end, our industry is working hard to bring Floridians the services and conveniences that make recycling easier, including “single stream” recycling — in which all recyclable products are thrown into the same bin — and pick up of recyclables at the curbside, right alongside nonrecyclable household waste.

Chuck Dees, chairman, National Solid Wastes Management Association, Florida Chapter, Pompano Beach

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    I read with disgust the letter that Coach Roland Smith of Miami Central High received from a Hoover football fan. I have been an educator my entire life and I’ve tried to eradicate the ignorance of judging someone for the color of their skin. My mentor and best friend in the school system for years was Percy Oliver, a black All-American football player from Illinois who became principal and head of athletics for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. He became my dad after my father died, and we never let the color of our skin determine the limits or boundaries of our friendship.

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