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Editor:

Recycling in 2019? It appears that area haulers are no longer keeping trash and recyclable materials separated, so one must assume that the combined loads are all headed to the burn plant in Hudson Falls. Apparently the transfer stations are the only entities still recycling? As someone who has been an ardent practitioner of reusing, recycling, composting and the like, I find this situation to be sad and outrageous. It has been nearly 49 years since the first Earth Day, 47 since DDT was banned and this is how far we have progressed? The Pacific Ocean has its giant eddy of plastics, and Third World countries have our toxic waste from electronics and batteries, and we all are amassing toxic materials within our bodies from the air we breathe and the water we drink. Know anyone with some formerly rare form of cancer? We all do. We put a man on the moon 50 years ago, and this is how far we have progressed in an area that most would assume is a bit less complicated.

Someone in the U.S., in Silicon Valley, some think tank or university can't figure out how to have a profitable system for recycling the materials we now toss with the trash? Please tell me that, as a society, we care more for our children’s future and the planet that provides for and protects us? I don't have the answer, but we certainly do have plenty of elected officials, at the local, state and federal levels, who seem to spend a lot of time on far less important issues. I'm all for LED lights and electric cars, but if we are burning (or trying to) all discarded household materials, then "Houston, we have a (much bigger) problem."

Thomas B. Harvey, Queensbury

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