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5/18/2017 7:46:00 AM
Abhorrent amount of non-recyclable trash

To the Editor,

To the Good People of Cannon Falls,

As a small, rural town, we are very privileged to have access to a recycling facility. Not too long ago, my family would have to drive our cans and bottles over 40 miles away to properly dispose of them. More often than not, we were forced to burn our plastic and paper since it was just too inconvenient to recycle them.

While the process of recycling is by no means perfect, it is much better than tossing millions of tons of trash into our local ravines and rivers. However, nearly every time I visit the recycling facility by the fairgrounds, I find that people have dropped off an abhorrent amount of non-recyclable trash, such as TVs, old plastic toys, microwaves, and even lawnmowers. It costs our city lots of time and tax dollars to haul these items to the landfill, and if we continue to abuse our recycling privileges in this way, we very well may lose them. Therefore, I strongly encourage everyone to do the right thing and properly dispose of your trash.

Americans suffer from an acute case of "out of sight, out of mind" disease, but your junk doesn't just disappear after you shove it off the back of your truck. There are many places to take unwanted non-recyclable items for proper disposal and even re-use: as the old adage goes, one man's trash is another man's treasure. Please don't compromise the good of the majority to save a few bucks at the local dump. Our recycling facility is not an open-air landfill. Let's keep Cannon Falls beautiful and clean for everyone.

Anna Priore

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