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2015_Day 6: Could recycling be made easier?

Georgetown residents put their plastic bags, films and cellophane in a yellow stuffer bag like this one. Only problem is, residents have to go to the local collection center once a month to pick up the free bags. I think more people would use the bags if they could be picked up somewhere like the local grocery store.

Georgetown residents put their plastic bags, films and cellophane in a yellow stuffer bag like this one. Only problem is, residents have to go to the local collection center once a month to pick up the free bags. I think more people would use the bags if they could be picked up somewhere like the local grocery store.

With the Christmas tree down and all the holiday decorations put away, today was the day to drop the tree off at our local collection center, where it will be ground up and used for mulch. With the help of my father-in-law and his van, it was a piece of cake and we were home in a half-hour. And it was free. As I was dropped off at home, the garbage truck went by and I could see the green branches of at least one Christmas tree sticking out the back, destined most likely for the landfill rather than the mulch pile.

It made me wonder why, when there are options provided by municipalities for recycling things like Christmas trees, don’t more people don’t take advantage of them? A story in our local newspaper right after Christmas said more than 300 people bring their trees to the collection site each year. With the population of Georgetown at around 50,000 (it was about 47,400 in the 2010 census and it’s only gotten bigger), something tells me there are a lot of people out there throwing their tree in the trash instead of getting it recycled.
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