Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Are We Resigned to Our Fate?

The Bedford Boat Launch at the Concord River had remained fairly trash-free until just recently when someone decided to dispose of this assortment of 6 television sets and computer monitors.
Perhaps we could eliminate the disposal fees that this culprit avoided paying.  Incorporating future disposal costs into the purchase price of television sets and computers might prevent scenes like this one.  It's something we could do.

Later, on a 1-mile stretch of sidewalk adjacent to High Street in Acton, this collection of trash littered either side of the walkway...
I guess the 23 nip bottles attest to it having been cold 'round here of late.  In 2013 we'll have another chance to expand and update our 1983 'Bottle Bill'.  It's something we could do.

Meanwhile the Assabet River continues to fall over the Powdermill Dam, seemingly indifferent to our short-sightedness...


4 comments:

suep said...

oh no ! I don't know what the laws are in Massachusetts, but we have lots of electronics-recycling in New York State. It costs nothing and some companies will even come and pick the stuff up! ( see http://www.nerecycler.com/solution.htm.)
At work we have a recycling day every year, and you should see what people bring in.

Suasco Al said...

Sue, Sounds like a better system in NY. Here in Massachusetts there's usually a fee, sometimes as high as $25 for computers and TVs. My hope is that they would be accepted at any transfer station free of charge.

Bernie Paquette said...

Optimism, and the desire to do things yet undone, are the best life preserve I know. BEP

Bernie Paquette said...

Al, the recent cold snap reminds me of a story, and why when we fall down or others let us down, we keep getting back up. http://litterwithastorytotell.blogspot.com/2011/01/local-man-spots-trash.html