Readers react: North Ogden considers dumping recycling program

Saturday , April 14, 2018 - 11:33 AM

NORTH OGDEN — There appears to be some polarized thinking locally about recycling.

According to reader reactions to a Standard-Examiner story about North Ogden officials considering trashing its recycling program, there are those who are happy and those who are sad about such a choice. 

The Standard-Examiner this week reported that North Ogden City Council is putting their whole recycling program under scrutiny because of associated costs.

“The market used to be such that we would collect recyclable waste and when we’d dump it, it was either free or we’d get money for the waste,” said Finance Director Evan Nelson. “That’s all changed.”

“North Ogden contracts with Republic Services to collect both its garbage and recycling. Republic Services charges the city per can to haul garbage to the Weber County Transfer Station and to haul recycling to Ogden-based Recycled Earth. The transfer station and Recycled Earth then charge the city per ton of waste they process.

RELATED: Recycling program in North Ogden could get thrown out by City Council

Here’s what readers had to say about the change on the Standard-Examiner’s Facebook post and story page. All comments are verbatim.

Scott D Leatham: Since it's all the individual's fault that the recycler isn't making money because we don't follow proper recycling procedure? Yup, lets all waste more water so the recycler can make additional money (at our expense). Nothing like paying for something several times. With all the "dos and don'ts" plus the added waste of rinsing dirty plastic this seems like a viable option.

Diana Owens: Sewell I sure wish Ogden would dump their recycling program to!

Renee Paris: This is so incredibly disappointing to read. I am partly speechless and partly outraged that thousands of dollars a month is worth trashing the state. Utah has some backwards thinking and this is high on that list. This reporting has left me with a lot of questions that I will be looking into. The fact that soda is so incredibly bad for you but still consumed at such magnitude here and yet not a even a thought to recycle all those cans puts this issue at the forefront. Higher consumption should lead to higher responsibility. The common phrase I hear a lot here is “Does that make sense?” Well, no! That makes no sense.

Eladio Pauel: Flores Because that's a good way to help stop the pollution problem in Utah.

Vikki Deakin: This is not just North Ogden. The ground keeps shifting on recycling, and every community —even inside some buildings— seems to do it differently. At my dad’s house in St. Louis, everything goes in one bin: glass, plastics, paper, etc. At WSU glass has to go in separate containers than the big blue recycling containers. I don’t know how many times I put glass bottles in the blue bins before I finally noticed a sign. I mean—it’s glass. What is more recyclable than glass? And of course those special glass bins are nowhere near the blue ones, so it wouldn’t surprise me if I am not the only person who assumes that ALL recyclable materials go in that big blue bin. Meanwhile—in the individual blue recycling cans in our faculty offices? Everything is ok to put in. Glass included. Communication and consistency are a key to these efforts. I hope we can figure this out for the betterment of us all.

Trent Lloyd: How do I encourage this to happen

Della Hughes: Trash’s really not worth it with all the do’s and dont’s. People put nasty garbage in their recycle bins, grass clippings, dog poop, litter box waste etc.....then get pissed when the recycle driver doesn’t pick up their can.... Get rid of the recycle program, and place recycle dumpsters strategically around the city.

Alix Kubicki: The people in charge of north ogden have been making all the wrong calls lately.

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