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Everything we do has impact on environment

Posted: December 28, 2010 10:39 p.m.
Updated: December 29, 2010 4:55 a.m.

The Signal did a good job explaining what happens to our recycling when it leaves our valley in its Dec. 4 article, “Local recyclables travel the globe.”

However, we must realize that we are being duped when we believe that we’re doing the environment good and preserving precious resources when we recycle.

Remember, it takes hundreds of millions of gallons of oil to transport our trash to China via ships, where it is then processed under the most appalling conditions by Chinese peasants for perhaps pennies into plastic “stuff,” which is then transported back to the United States and sold to us.

This is shocking, and almost makes me believe we should stop recycling and let our landfills fill up instead.

We would do more environmental good and save our precious little remaining oil for things that really can help, such as developing the solar and wind power industries (it takes oil to produce solar and wind power).

The city could be an environmental champion if it insisted that our recycled materials stay in this valley, and attracted industries that convert this material into usable products here instead of China.

This also would help achieve the One Valley, One Vision plan to build a sustainable community where our residents can live and work.

We have to realize everything we do has an environmental cost. We can’t afford to keep using oil in this wasteful way and can’t continue to contribute to global warming because we want “cheap stuff.” If not us, who? If not now, when?


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