Citizens of this country allow government to take over so much of our lives that we no longer seem to notice when they, government, violate the basic concept that they work for us, not the other way around, "deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed," as Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence.
Just such a violation is the ordinance the Roy City Council passed requiring every household receive a trash can to be used for collecting recyclables for pick-up every other week by Waste Management, the trash collection contractor for Roy.
For separating their recyclable trash from their egg shells, banana peels, and coffee grounds each household will be charged extra for trash collection, though there is an opt-out provision. (By the way, North Ogden does not charge for its curb-side recyclables pick-up.)
Suppose I operate a tree removal service. Would you pay me more to remove your tree if I cut it up into firewood or chip in into mulch, which I can then sell to someone else? What Roy's new ordinance means is that because some trash is recyclable, we should have to pay extra to have it removed so one of Roy city government's business partners can use it to boost their profits.
Waste Management is a huge interstate company with the resources to develop ways to make recycling more effective and efficient. Why do they need to charge extra to turn our trash into profit? By subsidizing them we are taking away their incentive to innovate. Government give-aways to "green" corporations is costing Americans billions because government money enhances the political aspects of green technology, not the practical.
I believe in recycling. But, while some may look at recycling as simply a way to "save the planet," I look at it as an economic opportunity which can have a positive impact on the environment. And it is this profit prospect which will make recycling work.
And as for government working for us, there should be an opt-in provision to government give-away schemes rather than making us opt out of paying extra.