Published in the Chapel Hill Herald Sun
I Got a Ticket For
Bringing my Recyclables to the
People that take the time out to recycle are doing the right thing. They’re on the right track – well, not as close as several Scandinavian countries that use methane from (trash) and wind energy to run entire sub-populations (i.e. thousands of households) on a green energy grid. Now that’s something right entirely.
I recycle. I take my Coke cans, plastic juice bottles, tuna cans, any even empty Worchester Sauce bottles and cram them all in the dishwasher so that I can store them all in their proper boxes hygienically until they’re full. Then I transfer the glass, plastic, and cans in large plastic trash bags and stick them all outside in the corner on the front porch. After a few weeks it’s time to load them all up in the back of my truck and take a trip out to the recycling center.
Think how much easier it would be to just throw the stuff out with the regular trash and forgo the nitpicking, time consuming process of sanitization, sorting, and a long haul out to the Orange County Recycling Center off Highway 57.
But no, you’ve got to make an effort. You’ve got to try and do your part to keep the earth healthy, even though it’s hard to find a lot of products packaged in recyclable materials.
So I venture out one Wednesday afternoon to the
Instead, the next morning I receive a phone call from the
police. It seems the disgruntled
I explained everything to the police officer over the phone. “We’ve had a big problem with this lately.” he replied. “Well doesn’t that tell you something then? If there had been bins out front I would have put them in there. If the gates were open, I would have placed my recyclables inside.” He paused. “Oh, so you think it’s their fault then.” I said, “What? No.”
My thoughts are if you’re going to do something, do it right. Go big or stay at home (which is what I guess I’ll be doing from now on). I guess it was assumed that “Ah-ha – we knew we could lure them in, those prone-to, closet-litter bugs who are inexorably drawn to recycling centers to commit heinous acts against our county - of deliberately littering AT landfill/recycle centers!”
I will have to pay the fine to
Writer Lauren Knapp-Resnik
and husband have been residents and land owners in