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Leadership needed to meet recycling goals

Nevada County, not the incorporated areas, has no interest in meeting the California recycling goals. The cities in Nevada County, however, are making efforts to encourage recycling. In 2005, these were the recycling rates in Nevada County per the California Integrated Waste Management Board: Truckee – 71 percent; Nevada City – 52 percent; Grass Valley – 48 percent; unincorporated – 22 percent.

I worked for the board in the 1990s and had the opportunity to visit many jurisdictions and their transfer stations and landfills. I know what a goal-oriented operation looks like and what a “could care less” operation looks like. The transfer station off McCourtney Road is an example of the “could care less” operation. I don’t mean this to disparage the workers there. They do what they can with the limited resources and authority they are given.

Clearly, responsibility for this failure rests with the Board of Supervisors. The Union’s recycling article on July 19 quotes the operations supervisor at the McCourtney Road transfer station as saying that convenience and resistance to change are the reasons people refuse to recycle. The solution is simple if you have leadership and will. You make it convenient to recycle and inconvenient to not recycle.

Jerry Henderson

Nevada City

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