RE “THE deeper meaning of recycling” (Op-ed, Oct. 21):
While James Carroll’s philosophical musings on recycling by ordinary folks are good and appreciated, in our small Maine town the reason most people voluntarily recycle is much more prosaic.
The fewer pounds of garbage that go into the garbage hopper, the less money the town has to pay to have it hauled away (hence the name transfer station, rather than good old dump). The less money the town pays to have our garbage hauled away, the lower our taxes are.
That argument and that alone trumps any greater environmental or good will arguments for recycling for many people. Now if someone could only convince them that they’d save on gas by turning off their SUVs while they’re unloading their recycling.