Newspapers still deliver irony
Do Phone Books count?
You have to wonder if the venerable Daily Hampshire Gazette would have spewed such lavish editorial praise for Amherst Town Meeting if the plastic bag ban did not contain a special exemption for newspapers?
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I suppose the cheap paper bags that are now the fall back are recyclable, but I still wonder if the death of trees to produce them isn't more of a stress on the environment than microscopically thin plastic bags,
The Select Board will hear a Solid Waste Master Plan report from the Recycling & Refuse Management Committee on Monday night and considering one of their own was the petitioner responsible for the plastic bag ban, I'm pretty sure this issue will come up.
Since the word "Recycling" comes before "Refuse" in their committee name it kind of gives you an idea of their end goal. In fact their stated mission now is an overly ambitious "zero waste."
And by God they are willing to enact more bans and bylaws to make it happen, even if it tramples on the all American value for competition.
For instance they want to whittle down the seven private trash/recycling haulers in town to just one (or maybe three at most) for the good of the environment because, "Individual choice has a high financial and environmental price for the whole community."
Yeah, that damn "individual choice" thing. Yikes!
From the Solid Waste manifesto
Because if I don't like the service I get from Amherst Trucking even after 20+ years with them, I can simply switch to Duseau Trucking, another long time family run business.
Amherst Trucking has around 3,000 household accounts and most downtown businesses
But you would think with the unmistakable logo on the side of Amherst Trucking's expensive machines the town would get an inkling of how important recycling is to them.
And whatever they pull out of the waste stream and redirect to recycling is less tipping cost for them so they have an incentive to so so without governmental heavy handedness.
When companies compete -- especially for your services -- they get better. The Select Board should tread carefully when messing with the market. Like trash itself, it could get messy.