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To the editor: Let me get this straight. Because it won’t be available for 10 years.
There is no reason to drill for new oil.
There is no reason to get an education.
There is no reason for a pension fund.
There is no reason to eat health foods.
There is no reason to make plans.
There is no reason to store food.
There is no reason to plant trees.
There is no reason to build new power plants.


Rufus Wallace
Millbury, O.

Can the `smart’ cans
To the editor: Oregon has decided to have biweekly recycling in huge 64-gallon containers (twice the size of the average garbage can).  The containers will cost $45 each and will contain a smart chip to track the container and recyclables.  Oregon will pay $317,000 for 7,000 smart chip recycling trash cans.

My best guess is Waste Management makes out on this deal, Oregon will recycle less, and residents will have to store a huge recycling garbage can if they want to recycle.  Where was the community input?  Proposed on a Monday and passed a week later.  Maybe a pilot project in one neighborhood to see how it would work and then a survey of the residents in the pilot area would have been a better idea.  Or maybe one of the alternatives would have been better. 

Philadelphia went to biweekly recycling and had smart chip containers.  There were problems.  Beginning in 2009, Philadelphia is going back to weekly recycling with the bins and will no longer use the “smart cans.”  Maybe Oregon will do the same but in the meantime – less service – big bucks for huge recycling trash cans – and someone will be monitoring where our cans are and how much we recycle.  Who will do this and how will the information be used? Stay tuned – public not informed.  In Philadelphia, the ‘smart cans’ provided coupons for savings at stores for recycling.  In Oregon, no coupons, just Big Brother watching over us.

Sandy Bihn




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