Opinion: Citizens want to help recycling center

By Paula Claycomb, Taos
Posted 8/7/19

Many thanks for the continuing coverage on the fate of the Taos Recycling Center. Jesse Moya reported on a June meeting of the Regional Landfill Board in an update in the July 25 issue ("Town …

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Opinion: Citizens want to help recycling center

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Many thanks for the continuing coverage on the fate of the Taos Recycling Center. Jesse Moya reported on a June meeting of the Regional Landfill Board in an update in the July 25 issue ("Town recycling center still on brink of closure," A2).

Unfortunately, he neglected to mention that six or seven residents in the board's catchment area showed up to the June meeting. All of us attended as individuals and were invited to ask questions and provide verbal comments. One, a county resident, said she and many of her neighbors would be happy to pay an additional sum to be able to continue using the center. I offered to sit on the suggested committee, to provide citizen input to the tough decisions that face the various entities with respect to recycling.

When I heard nothing after two weeks, I called Russell Church, chairman of the board and had a nice but futile conversation. Mr. Church stated that a decision had been made to ask that each of the governmental entities on the board appoint one or two representatives to the committee, all of whom are public employees. I also felt -- though maybe he did not intend it -- that the board believes that citizens are unable to understand the budgetary, behavioral and policy complexities of this important issue.

Speaking only for myself, I am disappointed that citizen input is not invited throughout important processes that affect not only all humans but also our environment. Even a short online survey could elicit much invaluable input. People are full of both creativity and realism - maybe a few residents in the area could contribute positively to the big decisions facing the board.

Please continue providing us with information about recycling possibilities in our communities.

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