On Saturday afternoon, January 12, I took my recyclables to the Boonville recycling center on Patterson Mill Road. Upon arrival, I saw numerous large trash bags, that appeared to be normal household refuse, stacked very high on top of the recycle dumpsters containing recyclables. There was a trash compactor truck emptying the other household refuse dumpsters. After I disposed of my recyclables, as best I could because of the other trash bags piled on the recycle dumpsters, the compactor truck drove up behind me getting ready to load one of the recycle dumpsters to be compacted with the other trash. I was shocked! There were several other people there who must have been wondering the same thing. Is this Yadkin County’s procedure for recycling? And how long has this been going on? Are Yadkin County citizens being duped? We are collecting our recyclables to try to help our landfills and then trash and recyclables are being compacted together! Is this another “cost saving” measure being used in Yadkin County? Will the next step be to close the recycling centers because it is easier to just compact everything? Will we then be asked to pay more taxes because we need a larger landfill?
Recycling takes time and space to store until it is convenient to go to the recycling centers, but people concerned about helping the environment are recycling, as is evident by the filled recycle dumpsters. Yadkin County citizens need some answers.
(A copy has been sent to the Yadkin County Manager and Yadkin County Commissioners)
A concerned citizen,