I have read a number of letters to the editor, spoken to various citizens of Polk County and recently saw a news broadcast on Channel 8 on the County Commission, which was most confusing concerning recycling.
Outside the municipal areas, many items are being dumped in the landfill with the waste that breaks down. Every reason was given by the commissioners as to why glass, plastics, etc., were no longer economically recyclable, yet the city of Lakeland is recycling them and they have just distributed bins made of colored plastic (no longer recyclable) to Polk County residents which we are supposed to fill with what?
According to the scientists (I know, bad, bad word), the oceans currently contain hundreds of billions of tons of plastics, which are killing our sea life. So we’ll just build new mountains of plastics and glass for our children and grandchildren to live on.
I just don’t understand how a municipality of roughly 100,000 people can manage to recycle all of those things that a much larger county that surrounds that municipality cannot.
I may be old, but I’m not senile. I don’t believe that the city commissioners in Lakeland are throwing the taxpayers money away, or they wouldn’t be city commissioners anymore.
Wick Workman, Lakeland