Recycling at present is not profitable. Just ask Adams County, the Weiser River Resource Council, or WICAP which has just announced they will no longer operate the recycling center in Weiser. Commissioner Kirk Chandler recently expressed the opinion that a private, for profit business is the only solution he can see for continuing with the recycle center.

The issue is not and should not be that recycling needs to be profitable at all times while burying is an expense we just have to accept. I think the issue should be about sustainability. According to the United Nations, sustainability is “… development that satisfies the needs of the present without adversely affecting the ability of future generations to satisfy their needs.” The management of our Idaho forests is one example of a successful sustainable program.

To this end, I am calling on the City of Weiser and Washington County to create a waste management program that recognizes the need for both options. A program that is aware of budget constraints, but also recognizes maintaining a recycle center is necessary even when it is not profitable. I would also like to see a local campaign to educate our citizens on the role they must play in its implementation.

One day soon, recycling will become mandatory in this country. We have the opportunity now to be ready for that day with a functioning center and a city and county that have wisely invested in that center and the education of its citizens.

I would like 2019 candidates to speak about how they see our citizens dealing with the present while protecting the future that our children will inherit from us.

Having a sustainable waste program that includes recycling is necessary. Please speak to our commissioners, council members and candidates and let them know.

John Oglevie

Weiser

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